Trees to be replaced along Lyles Lane

A path closure will be in place for two weeks whilst the council fells decayed trees along Lyles Lane in Welwyn Garden City.

Lyles Lane tree

The poplar trees along the foot and cycle path have been identified for removal following a routine inspection, and the work will take place from Monday 15 April - Monday 29 April. The foot and cycle path will be closed during this time.


The trees were found to be in poor health, with many having damaged or broken limbs, and showing signs of decay or infection within the main stems. There are concerns that if the trees remain they will fail and cause damage.


Due to the location of the trees along a busy path and adjacent to a major railway route, the council has taken the decision to remove the entire line of poplar trees.


The trees will be replaced with a suitable species in the winter planting season.


Nick Long, Corporate Director at WHBC, said:

Unfortunately our latest inspection of the trees showed that they have significant decay, which means that we have genuine concerns about safety, leaving us with no option but to remove all of them.

We know that this a busy foot and cycle path, and we apologise for any inconvenience that will be caused during the two weeks of closure, but it is important that we remove the trees. Signs will in place to show diversion routes for walkers and cyclists. We are looking forward to planting new trees this winter planting season.