BRITISH Waterways have defended cutting down trees by the River Weaver towpath.
Walkers, upset by what one called “official vandalism”, complained to the Chronicle after the trees, between Acton Bridge and Dutton Locks, were felled.
Another said: “It is a real shame for all the wildlife and the whole environment.
“It’s a delightful walk but now all you can see are bare banks.”
But BW say it is normal maintenance.
“The work along a private track to Dutton Locks involves cutting or removal of around 40 self-seeded willow, alder, ash and other trees, which are becoming overgrown and will affect access and overhead cables if they are not dealt with.
said BW’s Wales & Border Counties customer operations manager David Baldacchino.