Thousands of ash trees are earmarked to be removed because of a deadly disease which leads to their collapse.
About one in five trees in the city’s woodland are ash, and the unprecedented felling operation will leave the city’s woodland looking very different.
But the fungal disease ash dieback has already left many riddled with infection and if the trees are left unfelled, the council says they could cause serious damage to both people and property.
Work has already started at Coney Hill Woods, next to Mill Road near Waterhall, and Coldean Lane. But to carry out work on the scale needed, the council needs to apply to the Forestry Commission.
Councillor Amy Heley, chair of the council’s environment, transport and sustainability committee, said: “Sadly we have no alternative but to ...