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Author Topic: Roadside Tree Felling
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Post Roadside Tree Felling
on: October 10, 2013, 08:22

It is important for woodland owners to undertake regular inspections of trees growing along roadsides to help ensure that leaning and / or dangerous trees do not fall onto the road.

Trees exhibit plastic growth which can result in them reaching out to take advantage of higher light levels available over roads.


Should it be decided that a tree needs to be felled for road safety reasons then, on less busy roads, this can be safely undertaken by employing two blocking vehicles positioned on the road carriageway on either side of the tree to be felled together with signage, traffic marshalls and traffic cones to stop any oncoming vehicles from entering the drop zone.


Depending on the size of the tree it can speed up operations if a towing or winching tractor is on hand to quickly remove any part of the tree blocking the road.


Some trees will require to be de-branched to assist with the safe removal of the felled tree and also to help prevent damage to road surfaces when towing felled parts of the tree from the road. This will be more time consuming than straight forward towing and hence might also require additional help to quickly pull cut branches from the road.


Felled trees must be cut back to the verge but obviously it is much better to either tow the tree trunk back into the woodland or cut up same to a safe distance back from the roadside.


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