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Iconic tree gets the chop

The scene in the middle of Ponteland as the beech tree next to the Pele Tower is cut down. Picture by Muriel Sobo.

The scene in the middle of Ponteland as the beech tree next to the Pele Tower is cut down. Picture by Muriel Sobo.

A beech tree in Ponteland, thought to be nearly 200 years old, has been cut down.

The recent action was necessary because the roots were found to be infected with a fungal disease. It was seen by many people each day as it was located next to the Pele Tower.

A birch tree in the same area – donated by the previous Lord Ridley and planted by him in 2002 for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee – has been removed and relocated to Ponteland Park.

 

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