As part of the gardens tree maintenance programme, our trees are surveyed every two years by a professional arboriculture consultant. He advises on how we should prioritise our tree works.
In the most recent survey, completed in January, a horse chestnut tree (Aesculus hippocastanum) located on the Avenue was flagged up as being a priority.
The tree is probably between 50-100 years old and, although it looks fine from the outside, there is decay within the base of the tree which makes it potentially dangerous.
On Tuesday last week, the tree was felled by a registered tree surgeon who has worked in our Gardens before.
Some of the wood will be used for a new wildlife garden, smaller branches will be chipped up and taken offsite, as will the main trunk.
Our next steps are to replace the tree and redevelop the bed around it.