Inspection team protecting Eastbourne’s tree population

Council arboricultural officer Tim Whelan, Cllr Steve Wallis and Assistant Arboricultural Officer, Lee Michael, survey an Evergreen Oak at Princes Park planted by King Edward VIII, known then as the Prince of Wales, on June 30, 1931. Princes Park was renamed in his honour.

Council arboricultural officer Tim Whelan, Cllr Steve Wallis and Assistant Arboricultural Officer, Lee Michael, survey an Evergreen Oak at Princes Park planted by King Edward VIII, known then as the Prince of Wales, on June 30, 1931. Princes Park was renamed in his honour.

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HUNDREDS of new trees have been planted by Eastbourne Borough Council’s tree management team in the last year.

The team has inspected around 2,500 trees for Dutch Elm Disease in its ongoing work to protect and preserve the town’s urban tree population.

Eastbourne is one of only four local authorities on the South Coast that has been actively controlling the spread of Dutch Elm Disease, and the team are using this experience to continue to monitor for all threats to the tree stock.

Councillor Steve Wallis said, “Our tree population plays a vital part in the quality of life enjoyed by residents of Eastbourne and so the work of our dedicated arboricultural tree management team is crucial.

“This work is an example of the long term commitment the council has to the sustainability of Eastbourne, both by safeguarding our environment and investing in the local economy.

The tree management team has promoted tree planting throughout the community, using species that are not known to be under threat from pest and disease, and have planted 1,600 new trees in the last seven years,