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Work begins on felling diseased trees in Kendal
11:30am Friday 21st September 2012 in News
A DISEASED mature Beech tree on High Tenterfell, which was showing signs of substantial decay caused by fungus, has been axed by contractors working for South Lakeland District Council. The tree was deemed dangerous by the authority as it could no longer depend on its root system for stability. At Hawesmead Park in Kendal, a mature Cooper Beech has also been found to be in an unsafe condition. A very large mature Beech tree in the centre of Hawesmead Park was also identified as having numerous physical defects and is in a condition where it needs to be removed. Coun Clare Feeney-Johnson, portfolio holder for the Environment, said: “It is disappointing to see well established trees felled and we understand that they have enormous visual impact and are valued by the local community. “All the trees have been carefully monitored and now have significant physical defects. Unfortunately we have no choice but to fell the trees to make the area around them safe. “However, we plan to make a number of park benches from the Beech tree and these will be placed throughout Hawesmead Park for the whole community to enjoy.”