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Council tackles trees 'that never stop growing'
DANGEROUS tree branches have been cut back in a bid to avoid injuries.
Mature Leylandii trees at the back of the Forest Side Recreation Ground in Kennington have been cut back after they started to fall on the popular recreation ground.
The trees are close to the village’s BMX track and on a well-used dog walking route.
Now the work by parish council contractors has been welcomed by villagers, including county and district councillor Bob Johnston.
Mr Johnston, who is also a biologist and former Oxford Brookes lecturer in the subject, said: “All these Leylandii have been cut back because they’re a risk to life and limb.
“The trouble with Leylandii is it is a hybrid non-native tree and its unfortunate characteristic is it never stops growing.
“You either have to have them cut back or they grow until they fall over.”
Parish council chairman Colin Charlett said the council had been left with no choice but to deal with the trees.
He said: “A few weeks ago we had two to three branches that suddenly crashed off, and with it being in close proximity to the BMX track and also in an area where people walk their dogs, we decided we ought to get some specialist advice.
“We were advised they were in danger of shedding more branches and we couldn’t take a chance.
“The job has been done. It took three or four days and cost us £3,000. The trees have been reduced by about 30 per cent and it’s the branches that have come down, not the trees themselves.
“If you think of the age of these trees and the height of them, they are really big, sturdy branches. If we hadn’t done something about it and somebody had been injured, not only would we have had it on our conscience, we would have been negligent.”