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Tuesday, 20 February, 2024
CROWN ESTATES TREE WORK - BRACKNELL ROAD - CHIEF FORESTER COMMS TO CROWTHORNE PARISH CLLR

Following concerns raised with both the Crowthorne Parish Council Office, and direct to our Cllrs, Cllr Jeff Allen wrote to the Chief Forester, Richard Everett, of The Crown Estates and has received the response below:-

Dear Cllr Allen
Thank you for your message regarding the tree work along Bracknell Road, Crowthorne. This work has been planned over the last few months alongside SSE and Bracknell Forest Council to deliver a number of important objectives, including tree safety management, roadside drainage improvements and maintaining the energy network infrastructure.

A lack of maintenance on this section over recent decades has meant that the trees on the roadside bank have encroached into the powerline corridor. This has caused recurring contact with the powerlines resulting in burnt branches and power network outages. SSE require a specified vegetation free buffer zone around the network cables and all the trees on the bank were within that buffer area. Undertaking arboricultural works to reduce these trees outside the buffer zone would not have been practical and would have left the trees heavily unbalanced towards the road. It is for this reason we made the decision to fell the trees and put something more manageable in place for the future. We shall be replacing with mixed native hedges which are quick to establish, have very high biodiversity value providing nesting cover, blossom and winter berries for birds. The hedge can also be managed so as not to interfere with the road network, drainage infrastructure and powerlines. This will be planted in the autumn.

I apologise that you feel that the works have not been well communicated and in hindsight I should have sent more details to the Parish Council in advance. We informed the BFC countryside and communication teams in advance and put interpretation signage up on site along with an information alert on our website. We have worked with the immediate neighbours around the worksite to ensure that they understand what is going on and that the works have a minimum impact on them. I appreciate that this is a big visual change on the landscape and people may be distressed at the felling of these trees, however I’m afraid that on this occasion it was absolutely necessary and I feel the work has been delivered to a high standard with the minimum of disruption to road and forest users.