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Management of 'drawn up' deciduous tree and woodland strips along high speed roads

Subject: Management of 'drawn up' deciduous tree and woodland strips along high speed roads
From: Brewster, Ian
Date: Jul 09 2019 16:52:56
I'm facing a bit of a conundrum, my concern is thinning too much within a 
restricted width (2-5 trees in 5m depth) to remove overhang obstruction and 
risk exposing other drawn up structures to wind fracture/throw.
Felling trees can be a concern for those residents who back on to these 
wooded areas. They would see the 'natural' screen and 'sound barrier' degrade.
Perhaps the right decision for safety is to fell all trees and remove the 
potential risk of windthrow and managed in the future as small trees, scrub 
and coppice. Unfortunately for most of the areas I see this opportunity lost 
and where trees have been allowed to grow, becoming 'drawn up'.
Tree strips along highways are often many miles long. A cost effective 
approach with traffic management is now required.
Considering the above have you experience with managing such areas, what is 
your considered best course of action and how have you dealt with the 
concerns from residents? Any help and suggestions would be appreciated.
.
I'm facing a bit of a conundrum, my concern is thinning too much within a 
restricted width (2-5 trees in 5m depth) to remove overhang obstruction and 
risk exposing other drawn up structures to wind fracture/throw.
Felling trees can be a concern for those residents who back on to these 
wooded areas. They would see the 'natural' screen and 'sound barrier' degrade.
Perhaps the right decision for safety is to fell all trees and remove the 
potential risk of windthrow and managed in the future as small trees, scrub 
and coppice. Unfortunately for most of the areas I see this opportunity lost 
and where trees have been allowed to grow, becoming 'drawn up'.
Tree strips along highways are often many miles long. A cost effective 
approach with traffic management is now required.
Considering the above have you experience with managing such areas, what is 
your considered best course of action and how have you dealt with the 
concerns from residents? Any help and suggestions would be appreciated.
.
NPS
 



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