The felling of Ludlow’s trees. Are we losing our tree canopy in Ludlow town centre?

In June, I received an email from a resident suggesting that too many trees are being felled in central Ludlow. Thinking the resident could be right, I have been reviewing the data. Until now, we have not been able to see the wood for the trees because summary statistics weren’t available.[1]

Because of my analysis, we now know that in the last three years, 126 trees have been felled in Ludlow’s urban conservation areas.[2] At least 34 trees were planted to replace them. A further 163 trees underwent management work such as crowning and pollarding.

Ludlow Town Council objected to nine applications to fell trees. Shropshire Council upheld only one of these objections.

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Plans for new bungalows and tree felling to go to planning committee next Tuesday

The agenda of the South Planning Committee next week is dominated by three Ludlow schemes for bungalows. They have been called in to committee by Tracey Huffer, who thinks they are sufficiently controversial for decisions to be made by elected representatives rather than officers.

All three schemes are promoted by the Shropshire Housing Group. Two of the schemes, for five social bungalows on Sidney Road and a market bungalow on Poyner Close are particularly controversial. Officers are recommending that all three schemes are approved by the committee.

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New plans for Sidney Road bungalows – the Norway Maple still gets the chop

Shropshire Housing Group has submitted new plans for bungalows on the green space on Sidney Road at the bottom of Charlton Rise. Under the revised proposals, there will be five bungalows rather than seven. They will be aligned with the existing bungalows and a greater area of green space will be retained. The Norway Maple, originally one of two, will be felled. All the bungalows will be social housing.

Six new trees will be planted. These will be Quercus robur ‘Koster’, a fastigiate variety of the common oak with upright branches.

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Welcome for temporary tree protection order for trees planted by residents on Sidney Road

Tracey Huffer, councillor for Ludlow East, is welcoming an application by Ludlow Town Council for a tree protection order on three trees on a green between Sidney Road and Charlton Rise in Ludlow. She is also asking for information about the planting of the trees, which are believed to have been paid for by local residents.

Last October, one of the trees on the green was cut down without notice by Shropshire Housing Group (SHG). A second tree was saved after intervention by Tracey and the councillor for Ludlow North, Andy Boddington. At the time, SHG said its aim was to reduce maintenance costs to its tenants on Sidney Road. Now it has submitted proposals to cut down a second tree and build seven bungalows on the green space.

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