Walkers have taken to social media to air their grievances after several trees were cut down and habitat "destroyed" along a popular footpath.
This week contractors were seen felling and shredding trees and brambles on the Prestatyn to Dyserth Walkway between Brynllys and Brynllys East in Meliden and claimed it was to protect adjacent properties from flooding.
Denbighshire council confirmed the work was carried out to protect properties from flooding and "diseased" trees were also removed where they were "overhanging nearby properties".
Ten houses run alongside the footpath on the north side of the walkway but no trees can be seen overhanging the houses according to an aerial view on Google Earth.
Angry comments were made on the Prestatyn Connect page on Facebook after Tiina Ligema posted photos of the "destruction".
In her comment Ms Ligema said:
"Denbighshire county council is responsible for yet more environmental destruction along the Prestatyn Dyserth Walkway.
"Private contractors have destroyed a section of mature trees and hedgerows leaving a wasteland.
"It is heartbreaking to see the assault on the natural environment taking place all over Denbighshire in recent months.
"People say this is a beautiful place to live but it is harder to see how this is true."
Ninety eight comments were made in reply to the post including Sandie Lewis who said:
"It's so sad that a council that is supposed to care about the environment can act in such a destructive way."
And Naomi Speakman who said:
"Definitely using flooding as an excuse to cut down these trees when in fact trees help reduce flooding by absorbing the water in the ground."
Tracy Lynch added her comment saying:
"It will look empty in some parts now. I always loved the walk along there listening to the birds singing. I hope they won't cut any more trees down."
Jo Murnane said the properties had experienced flooding and Denbighshire council were "prompt in responding" but added:
"The needless destruction of trees won't help at all and will probably only make it worse.
"The ditch at the back was blocked and needed clearing as it had been filled with mulch when they last cut back the area.
"So sad they have done this but many properties here really are struggling with flooding."
Sherry Edwards said:
"In fairness Denbighshire Countryside Services are usually excellent and do a great job throughout the county."
Gardener Jim O'Gorman, above, said there were
"no signs"of disease in the tree stumps.
Lesley Wilde-Griffiths also believes the work was needed saying:
"It's called land management, it's necessary to be able to maintain and protect the area from flooding if the growth has been encroaching on the drainage ditch."
A spokesperson for Denbighshire County Council said:
"Selective vegetation clearance was carried out in order to clear a blocked drainage ditch which on occasions has flooded the gardens of properties adjacent to the walkway.
"If left unchecked the properties themselves could have been vulnerable to flooding during periods of heavy rainfall.
"Whilst working in the vicinity some diseased trees were also removed as they were overhanging nearby properties and were considered a potential hazard.
The trees were mainly sycamore and were of poor quality.
"The timing of the works was undertaken outside of the bird nesting season.”