Cut­backs pro­mote growth

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

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.

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