|Tree Pruning Programme Branded 'Vandalism'
Residents feel local Limes and Planes have been 'butchered'
Both Hounslow and Ealing Council work on Chiswick's street trees has been branded 'vandalism' by residents who feel some trees have been 'butchered'.
The street trees are predominantly London Planes and, as per the current tree strategy, forest trees such as 'Limes' and 'Planes' are pruned on a three year cycle.
"We have to prioritise pruning of Plane trees during winter and before they come into leaf, due to health and safety risks arising when Plane trees are in leaf," a Council spokesman told ChiswickW4.com.
"I notice that on Chiswick Back Common, Hounslow Council are replacing all the poplars which are coming to the end of their life with Plane trees," said another. "To begin with do you see any birds nesting in the Plane trees - no but the poplars are full of small birds like starlings, tits, robins, blackbirds, etc.
"The leaves of the Plane trees are dreadful in the Autumn as they do not break down, not good on the compost front and drift into huge pile."