Quick action saves tree
AMUCH- LOVED tree on a Southport road which is home to various birds has been saved, after intervention by a councillor.
Cllr Marianne Welsh stopped a large tree on Willow Grove being felled “in the nick of time”.
The Norwood councillor got involved after “shocked” residents contacted her when they saw that a notice had been pinned to the tree’s trunk to say it would be felled in August.
One resident asked her to save the tree as it is known locally for being very important as a habitat for wildlife - especially birds - including a pair of tawny owls.
The decision to fell the tree came after a Sefton Council inspection last year found that part of the tree was causing an obstruction to the road.
Cllr Welsh said: “I found out that more than a year and a half ago this tree was recommended for felling and so asked the tree and woodland officer to look at it again as when it was first inspected it was not in leaf, which it is now and looks healthy.
“She did and has told me that the ivy will be removed and in the winter after the nesting season the tree will be pruned and thereafter the tree will be monitored.
“If at any time there is an increased health and safety concern for the public, I was told it would have to be removed but at the moment it has had a stay of execution.”
A council spokesperson said: “During an inspection of a tree in Willow Grove last year we discovered that part of the tree was causing an obstruction on the highway, posing a potential risk.
“A decision was made at that time that it would be in the best interests of all to remove the tree due to its declining condition and to ensure public safety.
“However, during a recent further inspection, we could see that the condition of the tree had improved over the past 12 months and have decided to kill the ivy to allow for a clearer visual inspection of the tree and prune back the limb that encroaches on the road to see if that makes any difference.
“Once we have carried out these remedial works, we will continue to monitor the tree closely to see whether its condition improves and that it poses no risk to public safety, which is our primary concern.”
Cllr Marianne Welsh with the endangered tree in Willow Grove