Work to remove 'unsafe' trees in Machynlleth town centre is getting under way - in readiness for more to be planted.

Powys County Council announced last year that it was to remove a number of trees that had been planted in the 1980s, but said the work had "lacked foresight".

Now 19 of those trees are to be removed, with others set to be planted int heir place.

In total 11 trees will be retained, with 19 cut down and replaced and eight more added.

New trees will be planted along Heol Maengwyn Penrallt St and Pentrehedyn Street, with preparation beginning on March 6.


Work will include improving the street surfaces and the planting conditions of the remaining trees as well as creating underground planting pits for the 27 new trees which will be planted in the autumn.

Most of the work, which will take place on or around pavements and planting areas, will be undertaken in small areas at a time to minimise any disruption.

Powys County Council says that access will be maintained at all times.

Cllr Jackie Charlton, cabinet member for a greener Powys said: “The loss of any trees can be very emotive, but through our engagement exercise we have bought together the proposed professional views and the thoughts and wishes of the local community to create a robust future-proofed plan of action for the street trees in Machynlleth town centre.

“The removal of some of the original damaged and/or ill-placed trees has provided us with an ideal opportunity to improve the conditions of the remaining trees and a chance to replant the felled trees in a more appropriate way – ensuring we choose the right locations, tree species and method of planting to guarantee their survival and presence within Machynlleth for years to come.

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“We are aware of the many benefits of urban planting.

"Trees not only improve our environments by looking beautiful, but they can also play a vital role in combatting the climate and nature emergencies we are currently facing by providing a haven for wildlife, offering shade, absorbing excess water, and improving air quality.

 “We are really looking forward to this work beginning and thank all who have contributed to this project for their time and input.

"Once the street surfaces and planting areas have been improved during this stage of the works, the bit we are all waiting for, the planting of the new trees, will take place in the autumn.”