Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,
I note that WMBC has backed efforts to tackle the latest global agreements regarding climate change.
Wirral Council backs Cool 2 strategy to tackle climate emergency
Council recognises that local CO2 emissions need to be reduced at a rate greater than that so far achieved. The strategy recognises the borough needs to, amongst other things,
increase tree coverage and woodlands.
1. Why then is WMBC felling trees in the borough?
2. How many trees have WMBC cut down this financial year?
3. How many did it fell in the previous three financial years?
4. How many does it envisage cutting down next financial year?
John H Hutchinson
Dear Mr Hutchinson
Further to your recent request for information relating to Cool 2 and
trees, please see Wirral Council’s response below.
1. Why is WMBC felling trees in the borough?
Following the guidance of the NTSG (national tree safety group) and to
comply with our legal duty of care we have a cyclical inspection regime in
place to check all our trees. When a tree is found to be unstable and
potentially dangerous then, as a responsible land owner, we remove the
2. How many trees have WMBC cut down this financial year? 75 to date
3. How many did it fell in the previous three financial years? 764
4. How many does it envisage cutting down next financial year? This is not
recorded information. It is dependent upon findings during the cyclical
inspections and is as yet unknown.
Please note that the figures do not include trees that have blown over of
their own accord and going forward, will not include “Lazarus” Elms -
re-growth from long dead elm trees that will again succumb to Dutch elm
disease once the tree is big enough to provide suitable habitat for the
beetle which carries the disease. These Lazarus trees are not counted in
fell rates as the same trees are counted multiple times as they spring up
and die again.
You may also be interested to know that the Council will shortly publish
an interactive online tree survey mapper. This will enable members of the
public to interrogate Council held tree data themselves and we trust this
will be of interest to you with any future enquiries.
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