Worcester City Council fells 200-year-old sycamore tree amid safety concerns

A 200-year-old tree in Worcester has been chopped down due to fears it posed a safety risk.

The sycamore tree stood in a garden and its roots were causing a resident's retaining wall to collapse. This led to fears it could fall down one day while someone was passing.

The sycamore was previously under a tree protection order but that was removed by the Worcester City Council. A replacement oak tree will be planted in its place.

Worcester City Council tree protection officer Geoff Poole said the tree was in decline and only had a 10-year life expectancy. Poole added that it would not have been safe to leave the tree until it started "shedding limbs".

 

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