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Council Begins Intensive Work on Trees Across The Borough

The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, visited the Council’s tree contractors in Quantock Close, Putnoe, to see for himself the additional work being done across the borough to preserve our trees following the approval of additional investment in this year’s Council budget.
 
His visit comes at the start of a programme of work on trees across Bedford Borough aimed at ensuring the trees themselves continue to be a safe and loved part of the borough, following the allocation of annual investment of £120,000 in this year’s Council budget.

The Council is also investing an additional £60,000 over three years through its capital programme in the planting of new trees.
 
Tree maintenance work is often extremely busy at this time of year but the recent wet winter followed by a warm spring and early summer has led to unusually rapid growth of the foliage.
 
The majority of the work involves trimming ‘basal growth’. This is the term used to describe the growth from the base or stem of a tree. This growth occurs on a range of tree species, however it is usually most pronounced on Lime trees, of which there are many hundreds across Bedford. Trimming this growth does not damage the trees.
 
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Bedford Borough has thousands of trees which help to create our beautiful surroundings. However, as a result and especially at this time of year, we are kept very busy maintaining the trees to ensure they are kept as healthy as possible.
 
“Trimming basal growth is a vitally important job, especially on major routes in the borough. The shoots often grow vigorously and when they are near roads can grow into carriageways or across footpaths meaning they must be dealt with quickly and efficiently.
 
“As for the trees found on the Embankment, many have undergone pruning ahead of the River Festival. One of the mature London Plane trees was in a poor condition and needed to be cut back quite considerably. I appreciate this may appear upsetting to some people but this is genuinely the only alternative to removing it completely.

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