‘Danger’ trees face the chop

Alison Wilson
Alison Wilson

Trees are to be chopped down on a busy Chorley road...just yards from where a branch fell on a woman leaving her paralysed.

The work is being carried out by Chorley Council after a survey to look at the health of the trees, including beeches, oaks and sycamores.

The trees are on the same stretch of road where mum-of-two Alison Wilson was walking with a friend when tragedy struck in July 2009.

The 49-year-old was trapped under a one tonne branch that snapped off.

Work is expected to take around 14 days on both sides of the carriageway between the junction of Myles Standish Way and the Duxbury estate.

Jamie Carson, director of People and Places at Chorley Council, said: “We undertake regular surveys to assess the health of the trees right across the borough and the latest one has shown that there are about a dozen trees that need to be removed for the safety of members of the public.”

The council is responsible for thousands of trees right across the borough in parks, open spaces and on other land that it owns.

In order to make sure they are as safe as can be areas of woodland are inspected over a period of time and any work that is needed to be done to make them safe will be carried out.

“When the work starts and trees are being cut down I’m sure people will wonder what is happening so we want to let people know in advance,” said Jamie.

“I’d like to reassure people we’re not just cutting down trees or removing branches for the sake of it we are doing it to make the woodland safer.”

Alison did not want to comment on Chorley Council’s decision to chop down the trees as her injury is the subject of legal action.

However, she was willing to talk about her on-going recovery.

She said: “I am still having physiotherapy on a weekly basis and it is a long-term thing.

“Everything is a bit slow but my long term target is being able to be in the photographs at my sons wedding next June without anything helping me to stand.”