A TOWERING tree that has welcomed people to Penlee Park in Penzance, for more than a century is being cut down.
Safety fears mean the beech is being felled after becoming infected with a deadly fungus.
But Penzance Town Council hope a lasting reminder of the tree can be made.
“This is a terrible loss, it is a beautiful tree but this is a safety measure,” said Councillor John Moreland, chairman of the Penlee House and Park Committee.
The beech was found to have Meripilus Giganteus, also known as Giant Polypore which could leave the tree unstable and dangerous in built-up urban areas.
After seeking opinions from three separate tree specialists, the town council decided there was no option but to fell it. They fear that if the tree is already unstable, autumn storms could topple it or cause branches to fall on to the footpath, car park or nearby homes.
Believed to be around 120 years old, the tree will be cut down into smaller logs in the coming weeks with the town council appealing for those who would put the wood to good use to contact them.
The local authority is also hoping that someone will come forward and use part of the tree to produce a sculpture for Penlee House as a reminder.
The council added that it also carries out an ongoing tree replacement programme and there are plans to plant a number of specimen trees in the park.
For information about the wood, call Penzance Town Council on 01736 363405.
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