Cross-boundary work saves landmark willows

willow-storyScottish and Southern Energy were poised to cut down three landmark willows at Kennet Mouth. Fortunately quick thinking from Wokingham Councillor Jenny Lissaman and some cross-boundary work with Reading Councillor Rob White has saved the day.

While working with Grahame Hawker from Earley Town Council planning a tidy up of Kennet Mouth, at the boundary of east Reading and Wokingham, Jenny came across Scottish and Southern Energy and their plans to fell three significant willow trees at Kennet Mouth which were growing close to electricity cables.

As Kennet Mouth is on the boundary between Reading and Wokingham Jenny contacted Reading Councillor Rob White. Both Councillors lobbied the tree officers from their respective authorities, and following a site meeting with Scottish and Southern Energy a compromise was agreed.

The problematic trees are now all due to be reshaped to bring them away from the power cables and not cut down as was previously planned.

Jenny said: “it was a stroke of luck that I was waiting to meet up with my colleague and the Conservation Volunteers and found out about the plans, otherwise the outcome could have been very different.”

Rob said: “Reading officers were really helpful on this providing us with professional opinion and technical detail which helped us to argue that these trees are an important feature of the area and that the felling of them is unnecessary.”

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