Bath’s Weston Road is to be closed between 9.30am and 3pm for two days next week to enable essential tree felling to take place.
Checks on two mature Beech trees in the Great Dell in Royal Victoria Park’s Botanical Gardens have found that they are in a poor structural condition and therefore need to be cut down on Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 April. The damaged trees will be replaced.
A crane, located in Weston Road, will be used to assist with the process, meaning the road will be closed. Traffic will be diverted through Royal Victoria Park or Marlborough Lane.
Divisional Director for Environmental Services at Bath & North East Somerset Council, Martin Shields, said: “These trees are very old and in a poor condition structurally so need to be removed from the gardens.
“We know this road closure will cause some disruption, particularly to those trying to get to and from Weston village, but we have planned it outside of the rush hours at the start and end of each day when traffic levels will be lower. We apologise for any inconvenience this work may cause, but it is essential to ensure the safety of the community.”
Replacements for the two trees will be planted during the next planting season in the Autumn.
Notices will be displayed in the park and Botanical Gardens to inform the public of the work and local councillors, as well as the Friends of the Botanics, will also be informed.