Farewell to Bideford tree

A TREE which has been a prominent landmark on one of the main approach roads into Bideford is being taken down today (Thursday). The London Plane tree, estimated at between 40-50 years old, is at the junction of Kingsley Road and Chanters Road. Torridge D

A TREE which has been a prominent landmark on one of the main approach roads into Bideford is being taken down today (Thursday).

The London Plane tree, estimated at between 40-50 years old, is at the junction of Kingsley Road and Chanters Road.

Torridge District Council said its tree officer had identified structural problems and weaknesses between the main forks, leading to decay. This was considered severe enough to warrant concerns for the stability of the tree, so the highways agency was asked to remove it.

Councillor Miranda Cox, Lead Member for the Biosphere, said: "It's always sad to see a tree taken down, especially an iconic one such as this London Plane, on the main road into Bideford. But a decayed tree in this condition has to be removed.


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"It's next to a busy junction, adjacent to residential properties and electrical cables. In its place a new, younger and healthier tree will be planted."

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