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    Basal rot means two trees must be felled in Droitwich

    A parks officer has spoken of her regret that two large oak trees in Droitwich must be felled.

    Wychavon District Council announced this week that they will need to fell two large oaks at the north side of Showell Pond, Droitwich.

    Lynn Stevens, senior parks and greenspace officer at Wychavon, said: “All our mature trees are surveyed on a regular basis and when recently inspected the oaks unfortunately were shown to have basal rot.

    “It is with a heavy heart that we have made the decision to fell these trees as we never like to fell a tree unless it is absolutely necessary.

    “Trees play such an important role in our eco systems and the general character of our environment, so this is sad news.”

    The roots will be left in the ground as to remove them could destabilise the pond bank and the trunks will be cut to fence height as one of the oaks is straddled between the garden fence panels and to cut them to ground level would disrupt the garden fence boundaries.

    basal rot is a fungal infection which causes decay and can cause leaves to be stunted.

    Work will be carried out this month, depending on weather conditions.

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    Photo credit: Wychavon District Council

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