Road closure between Horndean and Rowlands Castle for tree work

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A BUSY road between Horndean and Rowlands Castle will have to close next weekend to allow work on trees threatening to fall into the road.

The B2149 Manor Lodge Road will be closed during the day on November 23 and 24 to allow around 70 trees to be worked on.

Martin Healey, countryside and biodiversity officer for East Hampshire District Council, said: ‘We are aware this will be an inconvenience for motorists who regularly use the road but this work is very important.

‘Many of the trees are diseased, some are in a very dangerous condition and are leaning in toward the road, which is a busy road with a 60mph speed limit.

‘To keep everyone safe and prevent any accidents it’s important we get this work done as soon as possible.’

Some of trees will be felled while others will have crowns lifted and dangerous or dying branches maintained.

A mix of native trees, including oak, beech and hawthorn trees, will be replanted to replace the ones lost.

The road will be closed from 8am to 8pm next Saturday and 8am and 5pm next Sunday.