WGC tree to be felled due to significant decay

A diseased tree, situated between the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council building and Waitrose in Welwyn Garden City town centre, is due to be removed amid safety fears.

Oak tree WGC

The large oak tree, which is on the pavement adjacent to Bridge Road, is being taken down due to the internal decay in its main stem. The decay within the tree is considerable and regular internal testing has shown it to be deteriorating to a point where it has weakened the tree significantly.

A council notice has already been attached to the trunk of the tree outlining the plan.

Once the traffic management considerations are finalised, the process of removing the tree will get underway - possibly late August or early September.

Councillor Stephen Boulton, Executive Member for Environment, said:
 

It's always a difficult situation when a tree has to be removed and I want to reassure our residents that this decision has not been taken lightly. 

However, we have a duty of care to the public and this tree does pose a safety risk, so we'll be doing everything we can, including working with the relevant agencies, to get this done and with minimal disruption where possible.

More information can be found at www.welhat.gov.uk/treeremoval.