Council Calls Meeting Over Dangerous Trees And Hedges

Overgrown brambles are causing a problem. Photo courtesy of Glynne Lucas.

Overgrown brambles are causing a problem. Photo courtesy of Glynne Lucas back in 2012.

Problems caused by trees and hedges overhanging  the roads will be discussed at a meeting called by the Council on Wednesday.

Director of Place Craig Dryden says it’ll bring together organisations who maintain the verges around St Mary’s, such as bus operators, the Duchy, the Islands’ Partnership, the Farmers’ and Growers’ group and the police.

Craig says they’ll try to come up with potential solutions and good practice to improve safety.

He says they’ll also look at how the hedgerows increase biodiversity, the quality of the public realm and our cultural heritage.

It’s not a public event and it’s by invitation only.

In 2012, St Mary’s bus tour operator Glynne Lucas complained to the Council about the dangers of overgrown hedges to road and footpath users.

At the time, the Council’s Technical Services department said they were “pleased” with the efforts of landowners to maintain hedges and had received minimal complaints.



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