The council has announced the date for the latest set of woodland management works. 

The essential safety works have been commissioned by Redditch Borough Council to remove deteriorating poplar trees along sections of Icknield Street Drive later this month. 

It is designed to address the potential risk associated with the condition of the poplars and their proximity to the road and properties between Green Sward Lane and the Warwick Highway. 

The council said the poplars are reaching the end of their natural life with some also deteriorating faster due to pest damage and outgrowing their original planting positions. 

Other species are not being removed to minimise the impact on the screening value provided by the tree lines with the woodland then regenerating more naturally. 

Redditch Borough Council's portfolio holder for environmental services, councillor Brandon Clayton, said: "Many people in Redditch will be used to this by now as we've been having to do it for years, but it's still important to explain why. 

"Where we have the mass-planted woodlands, where so many of the trees that help make Redditch so green were planted together when the new town was built, we're now, decades later, having to go around systematically dealing with the fact that they all start to die off together. 

"The driving factor is safety, but it's not just that, it's part of a long-term strategy by the council to provide Redditch with more naturally-regenerating woodlands which are better able to remain sustainable forever." 

The latest work is part of an ongoing series across Redditch where the borough council manages 168 hectares of woodland to a plan established in 1995. 

The substantial works on Icknield Street Drive have been licensed by the Forestry Commission and will take place between Monday, January 8 and Friday, January 26. 

Some temporary traffic lights will be in place on the road during that period for safety. 

Leader of Redditch Borough Council, Matt Dormer, said: "Redditch is an incredibly green space and that's why it has long been important to this council to have sustainable long-term strategies in place to ensure it stays that way both now and in the future."