A RESIDENT has shared his concerns over the culling of trees on a main road after another tree was chopped down recently.

Paul Chambers, 50, hopes to raise awareness of the issues caused by cutting down trees without replacing them.

He said: “I am extremely concerned for the local beauty and environmental health of the St Johns area. I believe it is being slowly destroyed by thoughtless action.

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"Namely chopping down our beautiful old trees, and not replanting them on the Malvern Road. The Malvern Road has a stunning stretch of Victorian and grand 1930’s architecture, adjacent to the even more listed and historically recognised Pitmaston House.

"Along this section of road we are lucky to have 100 year old trees, lining either side of the road.

“But slowly; tree by tree, year by year, these gorgeous trees are being removed by the council and thus destroying the beauty and health of our historic neighbourhood.

“It surely can not be environmentally sustainable to remove and not replace this trees on a busy road."

Alan Amos, cabinet member with responsibility for Highways at Worcestershire County Council said, “We always look to preserve trees where possible. Unfortunately this tree on Malvern Road had outgrown its location, and has caused pavements to be raised, creating trip hazards and issues for wheelchair and mobility scooter users. The road is also much busier now than when originally laid out and we have to consider the safety of the public first. The pavements on Malvern Road are now home to numerous utility apparatus including water, sewage, gas , electricity, phone and broadband, so finding a space to replant comes with its challenges. If we are able to replant in this area we will plant a species much more suitable to the Urban environment.

He added cabinet would be discussing plans for 150,000 new trees for Worcestershire next month.