Landmark Welwyn beech trees succumb to Kretzschmaria

Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire is to lose 30 beech trees each over 200 years old, due to infestation with the fungus brittle cinder (Kretzschmaria deusta).

The trees, each nearly 30m high and forming a row along the town's Monks Walk, are the remnants of an estate.

They will be felled during December due to "severe infection and extensive decay", according to Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.

A replanting programme is underway, scheduled for completion by the end of the current planting season, with each to be replaced by "another native hardwood tree of a similar height", the council said.

The council will continue to follow advice given by Forest Research on the progress of the infection and monitor all beech trees in the borough.

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