PRESS RELEASE: Friday 10th August 2018

Council to remove dangerous trees from St Martin’s Square

Basildon Council has submitted an application to have Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) lifted on three trees in St Martin’s Square. 

An Independent tree consultant was appointed by the council’s contractor, Thomas Sinden, to assess the health and viability of the trees as part of the improvement works to St Martin’s Square and St Martin’s Church Gardens.

An independent arboriculture report said: “The trees are showing signs of decline, with dieback in the top of the crowns. This is what would be expected with such a limited rooting zone and if the trees where to be retained, they would continue to decline. In my opinion, these trees have a very limited useful life expectancy, therefore my recommendation is to remove the three trees and replace with four new trees.”

 Councillor Tony Hedley, Basildon Council’s Chairman of the regeneration Committee, said: “Felling trees is always avoided where possible but in this case we’ve been advised by an independent tree consultant working for our contactor and by the Council’s own arboriculturist.”

“The way the roots are laying in a thin layer of sand means that they will not be stable enough to remain after the paving improvements are made. Public safety is our number one concern at all times. However, the felling of these tree will result in them being replaced with new significant trees planted in St Martin’s Square.” 

Reverend Esther McCafferty, Rector of St Martin’s Church, said: “It is disappointing to hear the news that these mature trees have got to be felled.  Trees are important for beauty, shade, air quality and pollution, and I cannot imagine Basildon’s public spaces without them. Planting new trees is a very good thing. We all know how long it takes for a tree to mature, so this will be a real investment in Basildon’s future.   






The retirement is announced

of The Revd Esther McCafferty

after 37 years in full time ministry

and 21 years in 2 parishes in

Basildon Deanery.


Esther;s last Sunday Service

is 18th November 2018 at 10.30am 

at St Martin's Church-

all are welcome