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Public urged to take care as falling tree is cut back

2:52 pm, Wednesday, 13th December 2023 - 3 months ago

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Residents in Grimsby are being urged to take care as works to cut back an overgrown Willow tree on the walkway at the rear of Nelson Way take place tomorrow morning (Thursday).

The tree is slowly falling over under its own weight and has been exacerbated by recent high winds. As a result, the root system is starting to pull the bank away damaging the path in the process. Contractors have been called in by arborists at North East Lincolnshire’s Environment Team to cut it back to the trunk to allow the tree to rejuvenate.

The walkway will remain open to the public, but walkers are being urged to make their presence known to the contractors before they pass to ensure that the work is carried out safely.

Philip Smith, Lead Arborist in Environment Services at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “Originally the plan was to remove the tree completely, but we have decided to save it by hard pollarding it back to allow it to regrow from the trunk.

“Although the path will remain open while the work takes place on Thursday morning we would like members of the public to make themselves known to the contractors if they wish to pass to ensure everyone’s safety.”

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