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Brown Edge Parish Council
Brown Edge Parish Council
Following recent criticism on social media regarding the removal of the screening hedge in the Parish Cemetery the Parish Council wishes to explain its actions with the following statement.

After receiving expert advice, which showed that hedge trimming would be dangerous, unless significant ammounts of scaffolding was erected over graves, and that some of the trees were becoming unstable, a decision was taken to undertake a trial removal of a few trees last year. Additionally a leylandii tree was blown over last winter demonstrating the dangerous position we were in and the need to take tough decisions. There is also some doubt about the legality of a Leylandii hedge of over six feet.
This trial work was done successfully and showed that there was enough space created by the removal of a tree to allow us to work in that area to remove the next tree and so on. This then would prevent any damage to graves or headstones. Therefore we were able to work along the row and remove them all. This work was done after nesting season, allowing us to replant over winter.
Following advice from Staffordshire wildlife we will be replacing the hedge with native species of shrubs and trees including holly and beech trees of substantial size to screen the building which will benefit wildlife more than the sterile monoculture of the old leylandii. It will be possible to maintain them without scaffolding or incursion into the burial area.

This work has been discussed at parish council meetings for over 2 years and has taken a considerable amount of time to put into place to minimise any financial or practical impact upon parishioners and cemetary visitors.

Plans had been reported in the past in full In The Parish News to explain why we had to take this action.
Brown Edge Parish Council
Brown Edge Parish Council
Be part of the official National Beacon Chain.
Brown Edge Parish Council
Brown Edge Parish Council
Neighbourhood Plan meeting. Sunday 4th November, 10 am Village Hall. Final opportunity for landowners and developers who couldn't attend the first meeting to present their case for development of their site to the committee. Pertenent points will then be added to the existing site registration documents which will become available for inspection on this website. No other business will be transacted.
Brown Edge Parish Council
Brown Edge Parish Council shared Leek Town Community Sports's post.
Street Soccer 2018!!!! ⚽️🔵☀️🔵⚽️

Free evening football sessions available in 5 areas across Staffordshire!!

Check below to see which night we are in your area - Sessions will run all through 6 week holidays!!
Brown Edge Parish Council
Brown Edge Parish Council
In conjunction with the Best Kept Village competition, we are running our own competition for Brown Edge! 2 prizes will be awarded as follows:

1. Best Hanging Basket/Trough
2. Best Garden Visible From The Road

Please get involved with our competition. Judges will be looking around the village in June.

There is no entry form, however if you would like nominate your garden/ hanging baskets, or that of someone you know, you can do this via the clerk:
http://www.brownedgeparishcouncil.org.uk/npbrownedgecom.html

Good Luck!
Brown Edge Parish Council
Brown Edge Parish Council
Don't forget that the Village Plan Roadshow will be held at Brown Edge Village Hall from 2pm until 4pm tomorrow (Sunday 28th January).