A416 Chesham Road carriageway closures

In October 2021 one carriageway on the A416 Chesham Road was closed for a day to enable us to remove dead and dying ash trees along the roadside boundary with Hockeridge Wood. These trees had all succumbed to Ash dieback.

This is a disease which is spreading across the UK and is expected to affect more than 90% of ash trees. The disease kills trees, making them brittle and at risk of falling. It is therefore vital that affected trees are safely removed along highways and areas of public access.

Removing the trees will enable other boundary trees to grow and fill the gaps and give existing ground flora more light. This Forest Research manual explains more about why we need to manage diseased ash trees for public safety.

This work has now been completed. Some of the timber has been turned into firewood.