Surrey

Brookwood cemetery's protected trees set to be felled

Brookwood cemetery Image copyright Google
Image caption Many of the coniferous trees are infected with the Phaeolus schweinitzii fungus

More than 200 trees, subject to preservation orders, are to be felled in a Surrey cemetery after they were declared unsafe.

A survey at Brookwood cemetery found 241 trees in the 232 acre (94 hectare) site were diseased, dead or damaged.

Of these, 205 will need to be felled after many became infected with a fungus which decays roots, leaving them vulnerable to high winds.

Permission has been sought by Woking Borough Council to remove the trees.

The council said it was consulting the planning authority and had notified Heritage England about the plans to take down the trees, all of which are covered by preservation orders.

The council said: "All felled trees will be replaced in due course."

The felling work is due to start on Monday and be completed by August, a council spokesman said.

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