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Work to tackle dying trees in Mid Sussex to begin

Mid Sussex District Council is due to begin work to remove diseased trees struck down with Ash Dieback disease. Work will begin at Eastern Road Nature Reserve in Lindfield on 21 August.

Working in conjunction with the Forestry Commission, the Council has identified several areas of woodland that are affected.

Ash Dieback is the most devastating tree disease since Dutch Elm disease killed 60 million elm trees in the UK during two epidemics in the 1920s and 1970s. Infected trees weaken over time, posing a safety risk, with branches of the trees falling onto footpaths, roads, and property.

Councillor Chris Hobbs, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Customer Services, said: “It is devastating to see how many trees have been hit by Ash Dieback and have to be removed. The work is unavoidable and we are working with our contractors to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum.

“This situation also brings us an opportunity to re-plant and ensure that we are supporting our wildlife with natural regeneration. As a result, we will be planting more than 1,000 stems per hectare and we will work to identify opportunities for regrowth and improved biodiversity,” he added.

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