It has been noticed the roots of these trees have been cracking the bank all along this stretch and the recent flooding has further weakened the narrow bank which struggles to support such high trees.
In recent weeks four have been blown over the railway line South of the station, fortunately causing no damage to track, platform or trains. This happened at this time last year when three were blown onto the track North of the platform.
After an inspection this line of eighteen conifers is now considered an imminent Health and Safety risk to the NVR station, trains and people.
After consultation with Natural England regarding the potential to disturb of nesting birds it has been agreed they should have the top 40% removed as soon as possible to remove the safety risk.
This will happen on May14th & May15th
In addition the large tree overhanging the corner of the lake by the culvert, that was due to be taken down as part of the conifer work, has now collapsed into the lake. This will required some heavy lift equipment to remove it, another big job!
The removal of the tree tops will be performed by Manor Farm Tree surgeons.
This will be with the full support and cooperation of Nene Valley Railway, Deeping St James Angling Club and Bradshaw Farms.