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Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) steps in to help Garve and District Community Council fell dangerous Scots Pine trees in the Ross-shire village's Avenue


By Philip Murray


The tree felling in progress on The Avenue. Two Scots Pines had to be felled after becoming a danger to passing walkers and motorists.
The tree felling in progress on The Avenue. Two Scots Pines had to be felled after becoming a danger to passing walkers and motorists.

DANGEROUS trees on a popular thoroughfare will no longer pose a risk after power line engineers stepped in to lend a hand.

Two large Scots pines were in danger of falling into The Avenue in Garve – a popular road with walkers and locals.

The situation worsened over winter when the decayed base of one saw it topple onto the other in the wind, sparking a decision by Garve and District Community Council to seek help to have them safely removed.

In stepped staff from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks’ (SSEN) depot in Inverness, who had got to know locals through work in the area. Daryn Lucas, an SSEN Transmission project manager, said: “When they approached us for help in removing the trees it was nice to be able to keep up these links, as we want to do everything we can to be a good neighbour in the local community.”

“I had a chat with my colleagues in our tree-cutting team and after they had assessed the trees, we agreed on a plan that would see us all working together to make the area safe.”

Kenny Maclean, chairman of the community council said: “The SSEN team made the whole project very easy. It was good to see neighbouring businesses and groups working together for the benefit of the community. Credit also to Highland Council who gave permission for the removal of the trees. It was good to see neighbouring businesses and groups working together.”



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