Stirling Council is taking action to protect a public path at Dunblane War Memorial after a tree survey identified a risk to walkers.
War Memorial

Following discussions with the Dunblane Development Trust, the Council has submitted a planning application to fell 42 poplar trees which have been deemed a public safety risk.

An inspection was completed last week and it was discovered that, due to the age of the trees, there is an imminent danger of falling branches.

Information signs have been erected at the site and a diversion is in place for walkers using the pathways near the war memorial.

Convenor of the Environment and Housing Committee, Councillor Jim Thomson said, “Public safety is always our top priority, so we want to take the at-risk trees down before any accidents happen.

“Our woodlands are important assets that help with biodiversity and improving air quality, and we will schedule a replacement tree programme which can be implemented in the forthcoming planting season.”

Vice Convenor Danny Gibson said: “We appreciate that many people feel a deep personal connection to historic woodlands such as that at Dunblane War Memorial.

“Unfortunately, in the interest of public safety these trees need to be removed and when planting new replacements we will engage with the Dunblane Development Trust and community council before taking a final decision on which species will be used.”