Tree felled at Hitchin park due to rot

PUBLISHED: 18:30 21 August 2019

A tree was felled on Bancroft yesterday. Picture: Charlotte McLaughlin.

A tree was felled on Bancroft yesterday. Picture: Charlotte McLaughlin.

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A tree was felled in Hitchin yesterday due to rot and a branch snapping off.

A tree was felled on Bancroft yesterday. Picture: Charlotte McLaughlin.A tree was felled on Bancroft yesterday. Picture: Charlotte McLaughlin.

The common lime tree, situated on the Bancroft park just by the Splashland pads, had a branch snap off on either August 10 or 11.

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The safety risk precipitated the North Herts District Council (NHDC) arranging a tree safety inspection.

Cllr Steve Jarvis, NHDC's executive member for environment, said they discovered that "not only was the tree now unstable and top-heavy due to the missing branch, but that it was suffering from a significant white rot attack which made the tree unsafe.

A tree was felled on Bancroft yesterday. Picture: Charlotte McLaughlin.A tree was felled on Bancroft yesterday. Picture: Charlotte McLaughlin.

"The decision was therefore taken to remove the tree so there was no risk to the public."

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