I read with great interest an artical in this weeks Dawlish Gazette which said"echelon parking in the strand a no-go". The reason given the trees on the lawn are in good health.
The trees that were felled a few years ago to make way for the skate park at Sandy Lane were also in good health. I know because i spoke to the men who were felling them at that time and they told me there was nothing wrong with any of them.
Is there a tree preservation order on these trees and not on those at Sandy Lane? I have no idea, just a suggestion.
How nuch space do they need to put in echelon parking i havent measured the distance from the wall to the trees but it has to be 15 feet or more. I would have thought that they wouldnt have to widen the Strand by more than 6 or 7 feet or am i missing something
I noticed a group of three men looking at one of the horse chestnuts yesterday, obviously in an official capacity. The tree looks healthy to me but I commented to my friends that they could well be looking for some excuse to cut it down.
Most Horse Chestnuts in the area have Leaf Minor disease and looking at the blotchy leaves in the summer i would guess the ones on the lawn are affected. Although this disease doesn't kill the tree immediately it will weaken trees they can then get bleeding canker i have recently had to fell a large Horse Chestnut with the same problem. The chances are that there will be very few Horse Chestnuts left in 30 yrs as the only cure is to fell each affected tree hundreds of Chestnuts are being felled all over Europe and here in the U.K in a effort to stop it spreading. Its possible of course that these excuses are just a way of forcing through pedestrianization
Thanks for your post. It has prompted me to some investigation.
According to the Forestry Commission website it is not necessary to cut down affected trees and they are not seriously weakened by leaf miners:
and here is their article on bleeding canker
However, perhaps I was wrong as to the intentions of the men looking at the trees:-