Historic Tree Is Spared The Axeman…

An ancient local tree has been saved from the chop!

Gloucestershire County Council recently confirmed that the Cedar of Lebanon in Pittville, Cheltenham, will not need to be cut down.

The tree, thought to be around 250 years old, has been causing damage to a number of residential properties in nearby Albemarle Gate and it had been feared that it might need to be felled.

Extensive work has been carried out, with the council looking at all the options available, working with its insurers and seeking advice from a nationally recognised tree specialist to try to find a way to keep the tree.

The county council, who are responsible for the tree, will be paying for the properties to be repaired and underpinned with no work needed to the tree.

The work to the properties will be carried out sometime in the new year.

Cllr Vernon Smith, county council cabinet member responsible for highways, said, “I’m sorry that it’s taken a long time to resolve this complex issue but we’ve worked hard to come up with the best solution.

“I’ve listened carefully to what local residents have to say on this and as a council we’ve been working hard to find a suitable alternative.”

Vernon added, “I’m so pleased we’ve been able to find a way to keep this much-loved tree.

“Saving this tree gives us all a very welcome boost.”