Limb-shedding, "over-mature" cedar felled in Gloucestershire park

Cheltenham Borough Council last week felled a 200-year-old cedar tree which had been shedding limbs.

Image: S Rae (CC BY 2.0)
Image: S Rae (CC BY 2.0)

The blue Atlas cedar (Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca') in the town's Charlton Park has dropped large limbs without warning including onto neighbouring gardens, Cheltenham Borough Council said.

It had been "closely monitoring" the tree’s health with the assistance of an Arboriculture Association-approved consultant, who advised felling it due to the risk it posed to the public.

Its senior tree officer Chris Chavasse said: "Unfortunately, we cannot stop the decline of the health of this tree. The deterioration has meant that the tree is increasingly likely to shed more limbs.

"It has already lost much of its vitality, has developed die-back within the crown and which is thinning; this is synonymous with a tree which has become over-mature."

The council has said it intends to plant a Lebanese cedar in the area "before Christmas".

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