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East Sussex Nature trail tree felling resumes

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

More work is set to begin to remove dangerous trees along a trail in East Sussex used by cyclists and walkers.

A safety survey last year found dozens of trees were dead, dying, or leaning heavily along the Cuckoo Trail and could fall.

Work to deal with the high priority trees took place in October.

East Sussex County Council said further work to fell trees and remove dead branches from others would begin this week and continue into February.

Work will start in Heathfield and will continue along 11 miles of the Cuckoo Trail through Horam, Hellingly, Hailsham and Polegate parishes.

Essential work

It said the overall effect was unlikely to be noticed as the trees were widely spread and there were several thousand along the Cuckoo Trail.

Councillor Matthew Lock said every effort would be made to keep the trail open during the works.

"We hope the public will be patient whilst these essential safety works take place which will allow continued public enjoyment of this popular trail."

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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