Roadside Felling A4136

Updated 4th January 2022

Working in partnership with Highways, we will be felling along the A4136 removing.  For safety reasons we will be working in sections under a full road closure for a time. This page provides more information about the work we're doing.

 

What is happening?

Forestry England is removing ash trees along the A4136 from Mitcheldean to Edge End which are suffering from Chalara ash dieback.  These trees are showing more that 50% crown dieback which makes them potentially unsafe due to the risk of dropping limbs or falling entirely. 

A number of other trees that are ready to be felled will also be removed during the closure to avoid further disruption.

The work will take place in phases with a full road closure and diversion in place weekdays only from 09.30 -21.30 

 

24/01/2022 – 28/01/2022 - Edge End to Mireystock crossroads (near Brierley)

 

31/01/2022 – 04/02/2022 - Brierley to Nailbridge

 

Diversions will be put in place, access to property and for emergency services will be maintained using banks persons. To complete these works with the minimum amount of disruption, we will work into the evening under floodlights.

The final section from Nailbridge to Mitcheldean will commence from Monday 7th February and will be managed using traffic lights rather than a full road closure.

All ash trees showing >50% crown dieback within a tree length of the public highway will be felled or otherwise made safe. The understorey within five metres of the road will be coppiced at the same time, to improve visibility along the road.

 

What is Ash dieback?

Chalara ash dieback is a serious disease of ash trees, caused by a fungus called Hymenoscyphus fraxineus, which is infecting ash trees across Europe and the UK. The disease affects ash trees by blocking the water transport systems, causing leaf loss, lesions in the wood and on the bark. This leads to the dieback of the crown of the tree. Trees become brittle over time with branches breaking away from the main body of the tree. If they are not dealt with, trees are at risk of collapsing, presenting an immediate danger to the surrounding area.

Please follow this link for more information www.forestresearch.gov.uk/tools-and-resources/pest-and-disease-resources/ash-dieback-hymenoscyphus-fraxineus/

 

Can I still access my property?

Yes, whilst diversions will be in place, access to property and for emergency services will be maintained throughout using banks persons.

 

What about the wildlife?

Before we start any forestry work, we carry out thorough ecological surveys to check for species such as birds, mammals, invertebrates, flora, and fungi. We consider our findings against complex factors including tree health, how the ground slopes, soil condition, and likely rainfall when planning forestry work.

 

Where can I find out more?

If you have any questions about this work, please contact us at westengland@forestryengland.uk.