Upper Hunter Shire Council issues an apology to the community following removal of town's trees

UPPER Hunter Shire Council has issued an apology to the community after the removal of trees around Scone left some residents reeling.

In a statement, Council apologised for not consulting with the community prior to the removal of the trees.

They are now putting a new draft policy and procedure to Councillors for approval at their August meeting.

The Draft Town and Village Tree Management Policy, recommended by Council's Sustainability Committee, will then go on public exhibition for community feedback.

The community backlash came after council removed three trees last week in front of their Administration Centre on Main Street, Scone.

Council said the reasoning behind the removal of the trees was to protect the ongoing health of the Lone Pine Tree.

Six trees were also removed from Kingdon Street, Scone, during construction works to replace kerb and guttering, which had been damaged by the tree roots.

"These trees and the remaining two trees in Kingdon Street need to be removed as their root structure has been damaged during the construction work," Council said in a statement.

The remaining two Kingdon Street trees will be removed next week.

Council said they are investigating replacement planting that is suitable for the small space available next to the gutter.

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