Thursday, 19 October 2017

Hedge to be cut back, not uprooted

A HEDGE in Sonning Common that costs £1,500 a year to maintain is to be trimmed.

Parish councillors had suggested uprooting the 350ft long hedge in Margaret Allwright Way and replacing it with a flower bed or lower hedge but have now identified four sections that must be dealt with separately.

The longest section, behind Appletree Close, will be cut back and then allowed to regrow, while the smallest section, next to Smith Close, is to be replanted after being burned down several years ago.

Councillors said a 120ft section of the hedge that screens the centre of Smith Close and has a lot of birds’ nests looks healthy but is actually ivy growing on dead trees and could fall over in heavy wind.

Southern Housing, which owns the sheltered homes next to it, has offered to contribute half the £2,400 cost of a 2m high fence to replace it.

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