Council owned trees

Essential health and safety tree work - Fairfield Recreation Ground

Fairfield Recreation Ground was inspected last year as part of the council's cyclical tree maintenance programme and a number of issues were identified regarding the health of six trees, as well as the Lime trees around the perimeter of the park and by the central path.

The trees were inspected using Visual Tree Assessment (VTA) techniques, a standard approach to tree risk assessment, involving the diagnosis of structural defects, the evaluation of their significance from visible signs and the application of arboricultural biomechanical knowledge.

As a result, the following essential arboricultural safety works have been instructed and will take place Monday 4th January to Friday 15th January 2021

Map of trees located in Fairfield park

Work scheduled for Monday 4th January to Friday 15th January 2021:
Tree: T1 chestnut

Work: Fell tree to ground level and grind stump.

Reason: Major decay cavity at 4m. Tree is showing signs of extensive dieback.

Tree: T2 chestnut

Work: Crown reduce tree by a third (30% crown reduction).

Reason: The tree is showing signs of decline. There is decay on the lowest western branch which has already snapped in half. Reducing the tree will enable us to keep it in place but reduce the risk of limb or whole stem failure.
 

Tree: T3 lime

Work: Fell tree to ground level and grind stump. A replacement lime tree will be planted this planting season.

Reason: The tree is hollow and leaning over the footpath. Reducing the height of the tree is not an option due to the extent of decay at the base of the tree and the lean over the footpath.

Tree: T4 lime

Work: Reduce overlong limb growing over the footpath by half.

Reason: Selective pruning of specific branches can reduce the risk of a branch snapping.

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Tree: T5 horse chestnut

Work: Remove dead branch and crown reduce tree by a third (30% crown reduction).

Reason: The tree is showing signs of dieback. Reducing the tree will enable us to keep it in place but reduce the risk of limb or whole stem failure.

Tree: T6 chestnut

Work: Fell tree to ground level and grind stump.

Reason: The tree has major decay at 2m on the southern side of the stem. Further investigation of the decayed area revealed ganoderma brackets within the stem. Ganoderma decays chestnut trees easily and decayed wood becomes increasingly fibrous or stringy as it loses stiffness and compression strength. The decay is extensive and will result in unpredictable mechanical failure of the stem.

Trees: 136 lime trees (all limes round the perimeter and all limes down the central path)

Work: Limes around the perimeter will have a crown lift to 5.5m over the road and 3m inside the park. Limes down the central path will have a crown lift to 3m. All trees will have major dead wood removed.

Reason: To ensure safety for park users and to provide statutory clearances over the public highway.
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Last Modified: 04/01/2021 17:26:26