Pembrokeshire town's avenue trees succumb to fungal pathogen

One of the best-known tree avenues in south west Wales will have to be felled, as all have been found to be suffering from a lethal fungus.

Example of symptoms of Kretzschmaria deusta - Image: FlickR/Björn S
Example of symptoms of Kretzschmaria deusta - Image: FlickR/Björn S

One of the horse chestnut trees along Tenby's Town Wall at South Parade fell due to strong winds at the beginning of June.

A subsequent inspection by officers from Pembrokeshire County Council, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and an independent arborist found all 19 trees are infected with the fungus Kretzschmaria deusta (brittle cinder), and must be removed.

Pembrokeshire County Council cabinet member Councillor Cris Tomos said: "After a detailed examination, it was advised that the remaining trees along South Parade should be felled given they all exhibited at least one of three threatening conditions.

"Because of this, and the likelihood of the fungus having spread from one to the next via their root systems, we reluctantly acknowledged the need to take this action despite recognising it will alter the look along the Town Wall."

A five-day exemption notification under the Town Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 has been issued to carry out the works in the Conservation Area.

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