Feb 9 2010 by Michael Green, Chester Chronicle
TREES lining Chester’s River Dee at Castle Drive are to be managed to conserve a wall and open up views of the river.
The willow and alder scrub has gradually encroached on the structure of the wall beside the River Dee at Castle Drive. The growth will be removed from the wall and the stumps will be treated to prevent further damage.
And the opportunity will be taken to manage areas of willow trees on the mudflats by ‘coppicing’ them – or taking them down to ground level –to encourage regeneration and open up views of the River Dee. The work will begin on February 22 and last for six days.
Chester City Councillor Tom Parry said: “The river is of national and international importance for wildlife and recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Area for Conservation.
“The work will improve riverside views as well as improve the safety of the river wall.
“It has been planned in consultation with Natural England, the Forestry Commission and the Environment Agency Wales to ensure that the nature conservation value of the river is protected.”
Meanwhile willow trees at Mill Street near Salmon Leap are to be ‘pollarded’ – or have their tops cut off – to maintain their long term safety and sustainability. This work will last three days and begins on February 16.
Overleigh Councillor Razia Daniels said: “This is a good example of the Council working with other agencies to provide a sustainable and more attractive environment for everybody to enjoy the improved views from either side of the River Dee.”