Stansted willow tree RIP

PUBLISHED: 10:05 05 February 2010 | UPDATED: 22:08 31 May 2010

A WEEPING willow tree which has become a popular landmark in Stansted Mountfitchet is due to be cut down. Parish Clerk Ruth Clifford said: Unfortunately the tree at the Fountain at the top of Chapel Hill has reached the end of its life and will be felled

A WEEPING willow tree which has become a popular landmark in Stansted Mountfitchet is due to be cut down.

Parish Clerk Ruth Clifford said: "Unfortunately the tree at the Fountain at the top of Chapel Hill has reached the end of its life and will be felled soon.

"The tree has been monitored by an independent expert, David Brown, over the last ten years and surgery has been undertaken as and when required. Mr Brown inspected the tree again in 2009 and now advises that the tree should be felled.

"We will, of course, plant a replacement tree, probably towards the end of this year, once the ground has recovered. The open spaces committee will be meeting soon to discuss the species."

In his report, arboriculturalist Mr Brown said that it would be possible to extend the tree's life, but because a crack in one of the major limbs presented a "high failure risk" it would have to be removed.

He said: "This would result in a large gap in the crown of the tree and will substantially reduce its visual amenity.

"It is therefore probably the right time now to seriously consider the removal and replacement of this tree."

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