Dangerous Tree Removed From Clitheroe Castle
Tree surgeons and council workers in Lancashire fought high winds to fell and remove a 100ft tree that had become uprooted on a steep banking at Clitheroe Castle.
The Lancashire Telegraph reports that the giant elm tree had keeled over during high winds over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, and was only prevented from damaging nearby cars and properties after it landed on a lamppost.
The tree was found by Ribble Valley Council workers during a routine early mourning inspection of the grounds around Clitheroe Castle.
The police closed part of Woone Lane to traffic and the public who were taking advantage of the easing of lockdown measures in the East Lancashire town and had gathered to watch local tree surgeon Roy Cattermole as he scaled nearby trees to start the felling operation.
John Heap, Ribble Valley Borough Council’s director of community services, said: “Our workers found the tree during their early-morning inspection of the castle grounds. The tree was in a precarious position and would have fallen onto nearby cars and rooftops without prompt action.
“Our officers tethered the tree as best they could while awaiting the arrival of experts.”
The ill-fated elm was removed by the tree surgeon during a two-hour operation that involved bracing the elm to a nearby tree and felling it branch by branch to prevent a sudden catastrophic sudden uprooting.
Tree surgeon Roy said: “It was a difficult operation, due to the slope of the banking and strong gusts of breeze, but I am delighted that we were able to remove the tree safely.”
A replacement tree will be planted at a suitable location in Clitheroe Castle in due course.
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