ASH-dieback infected trees are to be felled in an ancient woodland. 

A team of up to seven tree surgeons will carry out the "urgent" work in Bradford on Avon's Becky Addy Wood, where 17 trees have been identified as "immediate risk".  

Despite concern from a group of local residents, the plan, town council officials say, has been approved by ecologists, arborists and scientists. 

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A spokesperson for Bradford on Avon Town Council said: "The Town Council will carry out tree works necessary for public safety along the footpath and the road. 

"It is crucial to carry out this work as 17 trees have been identified as an immediate risk. 

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"The Town Council will only carry out the work now necessary to make these trees safe, which means coppicing or pollarding. 

“These are recognised methods of tree management and enable the tree to regenerate where possible." 

The council conducted a tree survey last October which showed that up to 152 trees identified for felling are suffering from ash dieback disease or pose a safety risk to people walking through the wood.

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The spokesperson added: "To ensure there is no harm to wildlife, the Town Council has arranged for an ecologist to check every tree before any work is undertaken. 

"Bradford on Avon Town Council has not taken this decision lightly. Having declared climate and ecological emergencies, it recognises the value of trees and the appropriate management of the ancient woodland."