Northampton

Diseased giant tree in Northampton park to be felled

Giant redwood in Abington Park
Image caption The tree will felled from the top down

A huge tree in a Northampton park, which has fallen victim to disease, is to be removed.

A 50-tonne crane will be brought in to help fell the Giant Redwood in Abington Park.

The tree, which is thought to be about 100 years old, is more than 25m (82ft) tall and measures 9m (29ft) in circumference.

Northampton Borough Council said honey fungus had struck at the tree's roots making it unsafe.

It will be replaced by another Giant Redwood.

A team of 10 people will be needed to take down the tree in six to eight sections on 22 February.

Northampton Borough Council cabinet member for parks, Trini Crake, said: "I know this tree needs to be removed, but it is always very sad to lose a tree from one of our parks.

"We will, though, be replacing it with another Giant Redwood as near to the existing location as we can put it which I am very happy about."

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