More than 100 trees in an Oswaldtwistle park could be set for the chop under plans submitted to Hyndburn council.
The proposals are to cut down 105 trees in the conservation area in Rhyddings Park to remove poor stock.
According to the Hyndburn council planning application, a number of trees are suffering from decay at the base, exposed roots and in some cases leaning.
Coun Ken Moss, Hyndburn council’s portfolio holder for parks, said: “The felling is standard tree management, some of the trees may be diseased or weak or in the wrong place, and the felling allows other healthier trees to flourish.
"When you say it, 105 sounds like a lot, but were not talking about big mature trees. It’s standard tree management practice and anyone from the Forestry Commission will tell you the same.”
Separately, Rhyddings Park is shortly set to undergo a £2 million transformation thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery.
A petition was started to save a large redwood tree in the grounds of the park from being cut down, and campaigners are awaiting an outcome of a survey to determine whether the tree will remain in the park.
Last week, we revealed that three volunteers would be stepping down from the Friends of Rhyddings Park following the row.
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