Number of trees felled Ashton Park West Kirby and within Wirral Council boundaries.

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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

Can you please provide me with details (including the total number) of all trees felled in Ashton Park West Kirby over the last 5years,
and total number of trees felled over the last 5 years within Wirral Council boundary.Thankyou.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Barnes

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr Barnes


We write in response to your Freedom of Information request in which you


·         Can you please provide me with details (including the total
number) of all trees felled in Ashton Park  West Kirby over the last

·         Total number of trees felled over the last 5 years within Wirral
Council boundary.


Please see attached 2017 and 2018 tree survey document for Ashton Park
which details all trees felled during this period.  In addition, a dead
monkey puzzle next to the bowling green was also felled in 2017.  We do
not have any further records for previous years and other trees may have
fallen of their own accord.


In relation to Q2, please note that we do not hold the requested


It is estimated that on average only a third of urban trees are in public
parks and highways and therefore in direct council ownership. Two thirds
of trees are in private property or on less accessible public land (e.g.
schools, churchyards, allotments, etc.)  As the majority of trees within
the Borough are in private ownership and the council has no control over
those outside of Tree preservation orders or Conservation areas, we cannot
provide an accurate number of trees felled within the Wirral Council
Borough boundary. 


With regards to trees felled with TPOs or in conservation areas, we cannot
confirm numbers as we do not actively monitor the outcome of all
applications and notices.  There is a register of applications and
conservation area notifications that is available for public inspection,
with some 1500 applications having been made over the past 5 years
(excluding development applications).  Not all applications will include
felling so a manual search would need to be undertaken through all those
applications to identify whether or not trees given consent to fell were
in fact felled.  

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Lynette Paterson

Principal Information Management Officer

Business Management


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