Hundreds of trees are to be felled in Brighton

Urgent action is needed to remove up to 500 trees affected by ash dieback in Brighton and Hove.

Work begins this week to remove the diseased trees in Woodvale Cemetery and in Bevendean and Moulsecoomb woods.

Councilor Jamie Lloyd, vice chair of the City Council’s Environment, Transportation and Sustainability Committee, said the disease was having a “horrible impact” on the city’s forests.

“It’s devastating that we’re losing so many of our trees,” he said.

“Unfortunately, to control the infection and protect our forests, we have no choice but to remove all infected trees.”

The council’s first inspections show a further 1,000 ash trees have been lost to infection at Stanmer and Wild Park.

Ash dieback is a fungal infection that affects trees and is spreading across the UK and Europe.

According to the National Trust, Woodland Trust and other environmental organizations, the disease will kill between 80 and 90 per cent of ash trees in the UK.

Some trees may appear healthy but may still be infected. The fungus grows inside the tree, eventually blocking its water transport systems and killing it.

The council said they must be removed quickly as they pose “an ever-increasing risk to the public and property”.

Stanmer Park, where infected trees will be felled this winter. Credit: The Voice of HassocksWoodvale Cemetery where infected trees are being felled this week. Credit: The Voice of Hassocks

Until work to remove the ash is complete, the council is urging people to take extra care in wooded areas because of the risk of trees and deadwood falling, especially on windy days.

The council has a regeneration plan to restore the city’s forests.

“We will be planting 14,000 tree whips this season to begin regenerating the forests already affected,” Cllr Lloyd said.

“There is a lot to do in the next few years.”

“It is our priority to ensure that logging has the least possible impact on our wildlife and natural habitats.” Hundreds of trees are to be felled in Brighton

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