Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Girton Tree To Be Felled Due To Decay

Disappointed conservation bosses have announced that a local landmark tree in Girton is due to be felled from today due to decay that will eventually lead to it becoming unsafe.

The 50 – 60ft tall mature London Plane tree in the grounds of the Cambridge Academy of English had been covered by a Tree Protection Order, but permission to fell the tree has been given by South Cambridgeshire District Council after an independent investigation revealed the decay.

The Council’s tree experts have already advised local district councillor and the Parish Council about the need to fell the tree after an independent PICUS study – an industry-standard ‘ultrasound scan’ for trees – revealed the nature of the decay at its base.

In time, the tree’s vascular system would be disrupted which could lead to dieback of its crown, boughs dropping off or the whole tree falling over. Other protected trees in the district with similar problems have been left to stand when they are situated in areas where they can be safely fenced off, signposted and monitored; but the location of the Girton tree - next to a road and near houses - means that this is not an option in this case.

Cllr Nick Wright, South Cambridgeshire District Council cabinet member for conservation matters, said: “We work hard to preserve and enhance the landscape of our beautiful district, so allowing this magnificent tree to be felled is not a decision that we have taken lightly.  Regrettably, due to the tree’s location and the nature of the decay, both we and the Academy’s management team have concluded that felling the tree is the safest option.”

Simon Crisp of the Cambridge Academy of English, said: “It is a real shame that we’ve had to take the decision to fell this prominent tree in our grounds, but after expert advice this is the safest option. Our professional contractors will be working from this morning and the felling work is due to be completed in three to four days.”