Watch: Landmark trees felled in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 14:54 12 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:24 12 October 2018

Large trees on The Campus being chopped down. Picture: DANNY LOO

Large trees on The Campus being chopped down. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Four landmark Lombardy poplars have been felled in Welwyn Garden City as part of a programme to replace aging trees.

This week, four towering Lombardy poplars are being chopped down on the big Campus roundabout.

Two that were taken down on Monday were both found to be discoloured in the centre, which is an early sign of decay.

Another also had a “structural fault compromising its strength”.

A Welwyn Hatfield Council spokeswoman said: “The trees are part of a wider programme to replace the borough’s mature Lombardy poplars.

Large trees on The Campus being chopped down. Picture: DANNY LOOLarge trees on The Campus being chopped down. Picture: DANNY LOO

“Planted during post-war development, the trees are at the end of their natural lifespan and, unlike other species, are especially prone to disease and breakage.

“We’re beginning to plant replacement trees this winter and have chosen upswept beech and oak to retain the visual impact similar to poplars, but with the benefit of much harder, robust wood and longer lifespans.

“We expected to find more evidence of decay when felling poplars, which has unfortunately been the case, but are looking forward to seeing the borough’s tree landscape renewed for many generations to come.”

Large trees on The Campus being chopped down. Picture: DANNY LOOLarge trees on The Campus being chopped down. Picture: DANNY LOO

Large trees on The Campus being chopped down. Picture: DANNY LOOLarge trees on The Campus being chopped down. Picture: DANNY LOO

Large trees on The Campus being chopped down. Picture: DANNY LOOLarge trees on The Campus being chopped down. Picture: DANNY LOO

Large trees on The Campus being chopped down. Picture: DANNY LOOLarge trees on The Campus being chopped down. Picture: DANNY LOO

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