Tree and woodland survey

The purpose of the survey is to map where the trees are located in the new town estates, their type, overall health, current height and spread, eventual height and spread as well as potential impacts to residents or their properties.

The survey is being done so that we have a full picture of the tree population in our new town estates. The Telford Development Corporation (TDC) planted millions of trees from the late 1960s as part of a plan to create a Forest City.

This forest city would green the industrial landscape as Telford New Town was developed. This wide scale planting centred on the borough’s New Town estates and included a range of slow growing native trees such as oak, beech, pine, chestnut as well as fast growing trees such as alder, willow and poplars.

These fast growing trees were planted as a nursery crop to provide a quick impact of landscape trees and to shelter the slower growing natives from the wind and heat to help them establish and take over. The nursery crop were planted with a view to being removed as the slower growing trees matured. The phased removal of the nursery crop over the years has not been enough to allow the natives to flourish and they have begun to dominate some parts of the New Town Estates.

The findings from the survey will help us to refresh our current tree management programme and tree works schedule going forward. As resources are limited, this planned approach is more important than ever.

Last updated: 16/09/2020 14:26

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