“Historic” Ammanford tree saved from the chop

by | Jul 24, 2015 | Featured Slider, Latest, News

An Ammanford town centre tree which has stood for more than 100 years on the same spot has been saved from the chop.

Carmarthenshire Council’s conservation section commissioned a specialist survey for the tree which has an expected life span of between 135 and 150 years old. It followed concerns that some branches could become loose and fall.

It is now recommended that some of the long branches are cut back in a way that mimics natural storm damage.

The first stage of pruning will not look aesthetically pleasing, however the alternative would have been to fell the tree.

The council’s executive board member for conservation, Councillor Meryl Gravell said: “This tree has local cultural and historical value, and it would not be desirable to fell it.

“However, for safety reasons we have to cut it back; although the first stages will not be attractive it will preserve the life of this tree.”

The work will be carried out on August 9.