Part of Views Wood, between Manor Park, Uckfield, and Buxted, where four trees could be demolished. Picture: Google Earth.

Four trees in Views Wood, Uckfield, could be felled

Permission is being sought to fell four trees in Views Wood. All are subject to tree preservation orders. Two are ash trees suffering dieback and two are decaying sweet chestnut.

One of the sweet chestnuts is 18 metres high but it has a dead stem with decay up to one metre and the proposal is to fell it.

The other sweet chestnut coppice stool is ten metres high. All stems are almost dead from ink disease. The proposal is to fell all stems and settle.

One of the ashes is eight metres tall. It is leaning, has a twin stem and is suffering from ash dieback. The proposal is to fell it.

The other ash is 12 metres high. It is the smaller stem of a twin-stemmed tree, growing under the canopy of the larger tree. It leans heavily to the south, over a garden and water pumping station.

Again this tree is suffering from ash dieback. Forty to fifty per cent of the crown is dead. The plan is to dismantle and fell it.

Plans to fell the trees, which are subject to tree preservation orders, have been submitted by the Woodland Trust which owns Views Wood, between Buxted and Uckfield.

Documents before Wealden Council  say there are no plans to replant the trees which are situated on the edge of a closed canopy woodland, immediately adjacent to housing.

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