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Nature trail trees to be felled

Cuckoo Trail (from Wealden District Council)
The Cuckoo Trail forms a section of the national cycle network

Dangerous trees which could fall along a trail in Sussex used by cyclists and walkers are to be removed.

East Sussex County Council said a tree safety survey had found dozens of trees that were dead, dying, or leaning heavily.

The authority said some would be felled and others would have branches removed this month.

Earlier this year, work to coppice trees on the trail led to protests and a petition from people in the area.

Councillor Matthew Lock said the work, to be completed before winter, was designed so that the path could be used safely.

He said the overall effect was unlikely to be noticed because the trees were widely spread.

'Essential work'

Work will start in Heathfield and then continue through Horam, Hellingly, Hailsham and Polegate.

Mr Lock said: "Every effort will be made to keep the trail open throughout its length during these works, although a few minor temporary closures and diversions may be needed to carry out the work in safety.

"We hope the public will be patient whilst these essential safety works take place."

The trail, which forms part of the national cycle network, follows the former Cuckoo Line railway.

The railway was known as the Cuckoo Line because traditionally, the first cuckoo of spring was released from a cage at Heathfield Fair. The line closed in 1968.

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