Cutbacks promote growth
CONCERNED residents have noticed a set of trees that appear to have been scalped.
A total of 16 lime trees in Ashford town centre have been cut back.
But the council says this needs to be done to prolong their life and stop them rotting.
Ashford Borough Council spokesman Dean Spurrell said; “We have a responsibility to manage trees on council-owned land, such as parks and open spaces.
“With regular treatment of this kind the crowns of the limes will regenerate in future years, ensuring the health of the trees is sustained and public safety is maintained.”
The trees are in Vicarage Field, a small park on the corner of Vic- arage Lane and Station Road.
They have been cut back in a practice called pollarding, cutting off branches to encourage the growth of new young ones.
The council says these trees have been pollarded previously and need the same work again to prevent large branches splitting away.