It’s curtains for diseased conker trees in Budleigh as plans to fell are in the pipeline

Diseased conker trees on public land at Budleigh Salterton will be felled and new species planted.

Budleigh Salterton Town Council has been told by East Devon District Council (EDDC) that some of its horse chestnut trees on The Green must go because they have bleeding canker – an infection of the bark where it bleeds a dark liquid, and horse chestnut leaf miner – blotchy leaves from burrowing moths and caterpillars.

New species of trees will be planted once the diseased horse chestnuts have been removed, said clerk of the town council, Jo Vanstone.

Speaking at the recent town council meeting, Mrs Vanstone confirmed five conker trees would be felled.

New species of trees to replace the diseased varieties will be planted at a later date, councillors were told.

Lime, liquid amber and an elm variety resistant to Dutch elm disease are likely to replace the felled trees.

Mrs Vanstone said: “They have been failing for a number of years. There’s bark damage and the limbs are in a precarious situation. Some of them have fallen off. That’s why they have got to be felled.”

The remaining horse chestnuts will be inspected regularly as part of EDDC’s tree management policy.

Cllr Penny Lewis asked for ‘carbon capture trees’ to replace the felled horse chestnuts.

She said new species planted should be as mature as possible, to counteract the loss of the seasoned trees.

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