Ash dieback infected trees to be felled as a safety precaution

Photo of an Ash tree with Ash dieback being felledAsh dieback tree being felled

Posted on: 23 November 2018

Around 26 Ash dieback infected trees will be removed from alongside stretches of the North Devon Link Road next week.

The trees are being removed as a safety precaution from eight sections of the A361, from Monday (26 November) through to Friday (30 November).

All work will be carried out during off-peak daytime hours between 9am and 4pm and some traffic management may be needed on some sections:

Monday (26 November) – Lane closure near the Northgate Inn, near South Molton.

Tuesday (27 November) – Westbound lane closure near the junction with the B3227, near Bishops Nympton.

Wednesday (28 November) – Temporary traffic lights between Whiddon Valley and Landkey.

Thursday (29 November) – Work alongside the westbound verge between Landkey and Swimbridge – no lane closure or temporary lights required. Also temporary traffic lights near Filleigh Bridge.

Friday (30 November) – Work in the verge on the westbound carriageway near Ash Mill Junction, and also near Harpridge Junction, on the eastbound side. Temporary traffic lights will be in place on the westbound carriageway, near Rackenford, while work is carried out.

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “This is essential work to keep our roads as safe as possible. Our regular tree inspections found that these trees have Ash dieback and they now need to be removed for public safety reasons. The work is being co-ordinated to take place outside of peak times in order to minimise disruption.

“We’re continuing to take a proactive approach in managing Ash dieback by regularly monitoring and inspecting Ash trees across Devon when in leaf. While we will remove trees when necessary, we are supporting a replanting programme that includes a diverse range of native trees in order to reduce the impact on the environment. We would urge all landowners – however large or small – to arrange an inspection of any trees on their land at the appropriate time and take appropriate action if they represent a safety hazard.”

Devon County Council leads the Devon Ash Dieback Forum, which was established in 2016 to address the risks of the disease.

To date the County Council has removed around 100 Ash dieback infected trees in areas which include Bickleigh and Exeter. The authority is also currently managing reports of around a further 400 trees near the highway which will require felling in the next few months. Many of these are privately owned, and are mostly in the North and Mid-Devon areas, with a few in the South Hams and elsewhere in the county.

Around 20% of all trees in Devon are ash trees, and it is thought that nearly all native Ash trees will succumb to Ash dieback.

For more information go to https://www.devon.gov.uk/environment/ash-dieback

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