The Arboricultural Service consists of specialised officers known as Arboriculturists. They are responsible for the management of thousands of trees in our parks and open spaces, over 12,000 street trees across the city and they assist with the management of over 500 hectares of woodland in and around Brighton & Hove.
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Storm damage and the tree pruning schedule
The recent stormy weather we've encountered since October 2013 and winter 2014 have led to us prioritising hazardous trees and other issues caused by the bad weather. This has had a knock on effect, reducing the number of street trees pruned and delaying pre-scheduled and proactive works by approximately 12 months.
Brighton and Hove has an estimated collection of some 12,000 street trees which receive health and safety inspections every 3-4 years. Checks for Elm disease and dead trees are carried out on an annual basis and promptly acted upon by the City Parks tree team to help prevent Elm beetle infestations and subsequent infections.
Highway trees are subject to statutory work which requires the removal of obstructions such as the clearance of basal growths and low branches to allow for the free passage of pedestrians and vehicles.
What is Ash Dieback and how to spot it
Ash Dieback is a fungal disease (Chalara fraxinea) that affects Ash trees; the symptoms are early leaf loss and crown dieback which can lead to the death of the tree. Common Ash is the third most prevalent species of Britain’s woodlands and is present in high numbers throughout the city’s 504 hectares of woodlands. It also has a significant presence in our local parks, open spaces and to a lesser extent, streets.
The symptoms first become visible during early June when the leaves are first emerging; these show themselves as wilting and dark discolouration on the leaves with elongated lesions developing on the smaller branches. Eventually the whole crown will become infected with a characteristic ‘crown die-back’ developing over the next few years.
The council will be carrying out a survey in woodlands and parks to look for early signs of an outbreak of Chalara. Measures to control the outbreak will be very similar to those successfully employed against Dutch Elm Disease, i.e. immediate felling of the diseased tree. Any trees felled within the parks and streets will be replaced with other broadleaved species.
The disease is being treated seriously by the Forestry Commission and they have put into place regulations that make it obligatory to report any sightings of infection to them – visit the Forestry Commission website for further information on how to do this.
Central Government has put money aside to carry out research into developing resistant strains of our native Ash which could lead to the countryside being repopulated in the future.
There may be areas where the natural distribution of Ash may allow for control measures to restrict the spread of the disease. However, where this is not possible it is generally now accepted that the disease has gained too strong a foothold in the countryside to allow control measures to be entirely successful.