Councillors approve £9k programme to fell and replace storm-damaged trees at Naish Estate in Barton
MORE than £9,000 will be pumped into a programme to fell and replace storm-damaged trees at a popular open space in Barton.
Winds of up to 80mph struck the Naish Estate on 30th October, leaving many trees, including Monterey pines, in a potentially dangerous state.
The roofs of a bungalow and a garage were also damaged during the storm.
Past maintenance to the shallow-rooted pines, which included removing lower branches, was believed to have made them more vulnerable and less wind resistant.
Amid a petition by residents for urgent action, the New Milton Town Council’s finance and general purposes committee approved the work at a total cost of £9,122.
Ten trees are set to be felled, mainly at the Vectis Road end of the site, within the next three months. Each will be replaced on a two-for-one basis with native species such as guelder rose.
Letters and plans showing the location of the trees being felled have been sent to residents, who can also request the location of their replacements.