Lower branches of trees in Innerleithen set to be removed as part of flood prevention work

A planning application has been submitted to Scottish Borders Council for major tree surgery in Innerleithen as part of ongoing flood prevention work.

By Paul Kelly
Friday, 8th October 2021, 9:49 am
Flooding in Innerleithen back in 2009.
Flooding in Innerleithen back in 2009.

West Linton-based Thomson Trees Ltd aims to crown lift – the removal of lower branches to lift the crown’s base – along a 38m stretch between the path and Chapman’s Burn

The flood and coastal management department at Scottish Borders Council is currently clearing the burn with a powerful excavator to prevent flooding.

They need to crown lift the trees along a 38m stretch of burn from St Ronan’s Way down towards Maxwell Street to give 3m ground clearance for the excavator.

Trees affected include sycamore, elm, yew, holly, hawthorn, ash and beech.

Innerleithen is at risk of flooding from Leithen Water, Chapman’s Burn and the River Tweed.