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Trees & Their Preservation 

During February and April 2014, a number of trees within the Conservation Area and indeed just outside of it have disappeared.

The large cedar tree in the grounds of Cedar House on the Devauden Road was damaged beyond reasonable saving during the severe weather and after formal application to Mon CC was felled on the understanding that a replacement be planted as soon as practical. A new cedar is now in place.

A fairly substantial tree in the garden of the first house in Court Gardens, again after agreement of the Tree Officers at Monmouthshire County Council, was approved for removal without replacement and has now been felled.

Permission has also been granted to remove a tree in the grounds of the bungalow in Church Lane after formal request and approval by Mon CC. Although the tree was not considered an immediate hazard, it had grown in a very distorted way and was not considered worthy of retention. The owner intends to infill after felling with a smaller replacement. The large Scots Pine on the Sycamore Court carpark may also be removed, residents objecting to the damage the roots are causing.

The trees at the beginning of Piccadilly Lane and just outside the Conservation Area were considered a potential hazard and have been trimmed and felled accordingly.

Please remember that any work on trees within the Conservation Area needs formal approval from Mon CC Tree Officers and if they are already subject to a tree protection order work must be approved by way of a planning application. Full details are available via the Monmouthshire County Council website

It is interesting to read the NALC document "TREE CHARTER."  Many large trees have been felled in the last fifty years for a variety of reasons and the charter seeks to raise the profile of our wonderful trees and woodlands.