Path closure as trees to be removed along Lyles Lane

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has announced that a path closure along Lyles Lane in Welwyn Garden City will be in place for three weeks whilst it undertakes the essential felling of decayed Poplar trees.

Lyles Lane trees

18 of the trees along the foot and cycle path have been identified for removal following a routine inspection, and the work will take place from Monday 5 December - Friday 23 December. 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 fall 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 trees and a replanting scheme will be undertaken in 2024 to allow sufficient time to treat and remove the stumps.

Councillor Samuel Kasumu, Executive Member for Environment, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, said:

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

We know this is a busy foot and cycle path, and we apologise for any inconvenience that will be caused during the three weeks of closure, but it is important that we remove the trees.

As ever, we are committed to the continued positive management of our trees and woodlands, and this work is essential for their maintenance, improvement, and renewal into the future. We are looking forward to planting new trees in the coming planting seasons.