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Tree works along Broadgate as part of River Ribble flood protection scheme

Posted on - 25th February, 2021 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Broadgate, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News
Trees have been cut down at the top end of Broadgate bordering the River Ribble Pic: Chris Hough
Trees have been cut down at the top end of Broadgate bordering the River Ribble Pic: Chris Hough

Work has began on the first phase of the Preston and South Ribble Flood Risk Management Scheme.

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The Environment Agency, who have been working alongside Lancashire County Council, Preston City Council and South Ribble Borough Council, have started the tree works along Broadgate and Riverside.

The £49 million scheme is set to reduce the flood risk to 4,800 homes and 300 businesses.

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Trees that line the river or grow close to will be regularly maintained and self-sown trees that grown against existing flood walls are being trimmed or removed.

The trees being cut down along Broadgate Pic: Chris Hough
The trees being cut down along Broadgate Pic: Chris Hough

There are five trees being planted for every one tree removed.

A range of measures are being put in place under the scheme which will reduce the risk of flooding along the River Ribble including new defence walls and embankments. The plans will also see existing defences refreshed and the use of glass panelling to maintain river views and is set for completion in 2024.

The view from Broadgate towards Penwortham with trees removed Pic: Chris Hough

An Environment Agency spokesperson said: “We are currently undertaking tree works along Broadgate and Riverside in Preston, in partnership with Preston City Council. Trees which line or grow close to flood schemes should be regularly maintained to protect the defences.

“We have consulted widely with local communities with regard to the current works and are removing or trimming trees which have mostly self-sown and have been allowed to grow against the existing flood walls. These self-sown trees make up the majority of these tree works.

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“Any tree loss as a result of these works must result in a net biodiversity gain so that the natural environment in the local area is improved.

“We will plant five new trees for each one taken down, meaning there will be more trees than before we started the works within Preston and South Ribble, delivering a green legacy for everyone to enjoy.”

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