Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Damage to willow tree opposite Theale library

The willow tree on the green area opposite Theale library in Church Street was damaged by yesterday;s storms. A large bough came down and blocked the footway.

I noticed that another large branch had cracked and was likely to fall. I reported this to West Berkshire Council as I was concerned about the safety of pedestrians and of people waiting at the bus stop.

The council are going to pollard the tree. This will involve severely cutting the branches back. This will have a dramatic effect on the tree. However, willow trees recover quickly from pollarding, as can be seen with the willow at the corner of Meadow Way and Cavalier Close that was pollarded earlier this year.

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