75ft tree in Cedar Avenue, believed to be the oldest in Bournemouth, is felled after it is found to have fungus

'Oldest tree in Bournemouth' is felled after disease takes hold

'Oldest tree in Bournemouth', used as landmark for pilots during WW2, is felled

'Oldest tree in Bournemouth', used as landmark for pilots during WW2, is felled

'Oldest tree in Bournemouth', used as landmark for pilots during WW2, is felled

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A 75ft TREE which has been described as the oldest in Bournemouth has been felled after it was found to be diseased.

Cedar Avenue in Northbourne was blocked for much of today as tree surgeons brought down the tree.

Owner Mike Smith believes the tree to be 250-300 years old and has been told it may be the oldest in Bournemouth.

He said a 25ft branch came off in the storms before Christmas and damaged the roof above the room where his children sleep.

He said the insurance claim would be for around £10,000.

He said tree experts said the tree would have to come down.

“They did their assessment on it and found it to be dying. It’s got a fungus half way up which spells death for it in the longer term,” he said.

“It’s a shame because it’s a beautiful tree and it’s part of the Northbourne skyline. It’s reached the end of its life. It’s dying and becoming a hazard.”

The 75ft tree had a span around the same as its height and a circumference of 18ft at its widest.

Apex Tree Surgeons spent much of the day cutting it and removing it.

Mr Smith was given permission to fell the tree on the condition that he plants a giant redwood to replace it.

Ferndown resident Alex Wesson told the Daily Echo that he understood the tree had been a landmark for Mosquito pilots on training during World War Two.

They were required to fly in a straight line from what was then the Congregational Church at Longham to the tree in Northbourne.

In June 1944, a Mosquito flying the route clipped its wing on an overhead wire and crashed at Throop, with the loss of two lives.

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4:37pm Thu 10 Apr 14

speedy231278 says...

Probably another tree that's found to be 'diseased' after the council take a dislike to it. If it's anything like the centre of town, a few months from mow there'll be an S+D Leisure kiosk where it used to be!
Probably another tree that's found to be 'diseased' after the council take a dislike to it. If it's anything like the centre of town, a few months from mow there'll be an S+D Leisure kiosk where it used to be! speedy231278
  • Score: 24

5:07pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Gastines3 says...

We've ben watching the operation most of the day and two points,a very professional operation by a good gang of workmen,secondly we have kept a part of the rotten core to show our grandchildren.. A landmark lost but better than a few lives and homes .
We've ben watching the operation most of the day and two points,a very professional operation by a good gang of workmen,secondly we have kept a part of the rotten core to show our grandchildren.. A landmark lost but better than a few lives and homes . Gastines3
  • Score: -11

5:44pm Thu 10 Apr 14

EddieVH says...

The tree was a local landmark, and the planning application proposing the felling should have been advertised more widely than a single lamp post in a cul-de-sac.

I wonder how much extra a tree survey costs you if it returns a verdict that results in a £100k increase your house value...?
The tree was a local landmark, and the planning application proposing the felling should have been advertised more widely than a single lamp post in a cul-de-sac. I wonder how much extra a tree survey costs you if it returns a verdict that results in a £100k increase your house value...? EddieVH
  • Score: 23

6:04pm Thu 10 Apr 14

muscliffman says...

How sad, I wonder if it was the same fungal disease that suddenly afflicted a large number of beautiful mature oaks in Castle Lane a few years ago, leading to them all being unexpectedly felled in the very early hours of just one day. I believe that disease might have been called something along the lines of 'inthewayofanewroads
ystem' fungus or 'Castlepoint blight' by the Council.
How sad, I wonder if it was the same fungal disease that suddenly afflicted a large number of beautiful mature oaks in Castle Lane a few years ago, leading to them all being unexpectedly felled in the very early hours of just one day. I believe that disease might have been called something along the lines of 'inthewayofanewroads ystem' fungus or 'Castlepoint blight' by the Council. muscliffman
  • Score: 25

6:34pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Yankee1 says...

It is a tree. I led a long life, and that life came to an end.

Use the wood to produce some beautiful and useful objects that will give the tree function after its end.
It is a tree. I led a long life, and that life came to an end. Use the wood to produce some beautiful and useful objects that will give the tree function after its end. Yankee1
  • Score: -12

9:20pm Thu 10 Apr 14

spooki says...

Yankee1 wrote:
It is a tree. I led a long life, and that life came to an end.

Use the wood to produce some beautiful and useful objects that will give the tree function after its end.
Can you do that if it has a fungus? Good idea, then it can live on.
[quote][p][bold]Yankee1[/bold] wrote: It is a tree. I led a long life, and that life came to an end. Use the wood to produce some beautiful and useful objects that will give the tree function after its end.[/p][/quote]Can you do that if it has a fungus? Good idea, then it can live on. spooki
  • Score: -3

6:29am Fri 11 Apr 14

Gastines3 says...

Bearing in mind that in the recent storms a large bough/branch broke off and severely damaged the roof of the house,I would suspect that the negative commenters might approve of the action if they were living under it,or given the size of the tree,anywhere within a hundred yards of it!!
The Crane driver was obviously very skilled and the cut off piece in the ECHO photo alone weighed 7 1/2 tons.The Total being 25 tons plus.
Bearing in mind that in the recent storms a large bough/branch broke off and severely damaged the roof of the house,I would suspect that the negative commenters might approve of the action if they were living under it,or given the size of the tree,anywhere within a hundred yards of it!! The Crane driver was obviously very skilled and the cut off piece in the ECHO photo alone weighed 7 1/2 tons.The Total being 25 tons plus. Gastines3
  • Score: -15

1:08pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Bournemouth2002 says...

I thought as a tree grew older so did the trunk, the trunk on this one doesn't look very big.
There is tree in Kinson with a huge trunk, looks a lot older
I thought as a tree grew older so did the trunk, the trunk on this one doesn't look very big. There is tree in Kinson with a huge trunk, looks a lot older Bournemouth2002
  • Score: 1

8:08pm Fri 11 Apr 14

O'Reilly says...

muscliffman wrote:
How sad, I wonder if it was the same fungal disease that suddenly afflicted a large number of beautiful mature oaks in Castle Lane a few years ago, leading to them all being unexpectedly felled in the very early hours of just one day. I believe that disease might have been called something along the lines of 'inthewayofanewroads

ystem' fungus or 'Castlepoint blight' by the Council.
Absolutely muscliffman .....that was sneakyness of the highest order...also the demolition of The Strouden Park Hotel. I am reading of this man's fight with the Feds in America which sadly is far more serious than this post.......

http://www.prisonpla
net.com/county-commi
ssioner-says-bundy-s
upporters-better-hav
e-funeral-plans.html
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: How sad, I wonder if it was the same fungal disease that suddenly afflicted a large number of beautiful mature oaks in Castle Lane a few years ago, leading to them all being unexpectedly felled in the very early hours of just one day. I believe that disease might have been called something along the lines of 'inthewayofanewroads ystem' fungus or 'Castlepoint blight' by the Council.[/p][/quote]Absolutely muscliffman .....that was sneakyness of the highest order...also the demolition of The Strouden Park Hotel. I am reading of this man's fight with the Feds in America which sadly is far more serious than this post....... http://www.prisonpla net.com/county-commi ssioner-says-bundy-s upporters-better-hav e-funeral-plans.html O'Reilly
  • Score: -1

8:54pm Fri 11 Apr 14

sprintervanman says...

To replace it with a giant Redwood.Blimey do they know how large those tree's are.If you have ever had the pleasure of driving through the 'Avenue of Giants' through California and Oregon you would understand that the size of the deceased tree is a branch in comparison.
To replace it with a giant Redwood.Blimey do they know how large those tree's are.If you have ever had the pleasure of driving through the 'Avenue of Giants' through California and Oregon you would understand that the size of the deceased tree is a branch in comparison. sprintervanman
  • Score: 6

9:35am Sat 12 Apr 14

Mike R-B says...

speedy231278 wrote:
Probably another tree that's found to be 'diseased' after the council take a dislike to it. If it's anything like the centre of town, a few months from mow there'll be an S+D Leisure kiosk where it used to be!
Yep, always "diseased" when they become "inconvenient".
Next stop Bear Cross junction.
Pruning the top would offer far less wind resistance and make it safer as done in Branksome Rec a few years ago.
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: Probably another tree that's found to be 'diseased' after the council take a dislike to it. If it's anything like the centre of town, a few months from mow there'll be an S+D Leisure kiosk where it used to be![/p][/quote]Yep, always "diseased" when they become "inconvenient". Next stop Bear Cross junction. Pruning the top would offer far less wind resistance and make it safer as done in Branksome Rec a few years ago. Mike R-B
  • Score: 15

1:03pm Sat 12 Apr 14

mikecr5 says...

Well what can I say, reading some of thease comments the phase "ignorance is bliss" springs to mind! Had I known that you all felt this way about the tree I would have left it standing and invited you all to bring your children to sleep over during the next big storms we will undoubtedly get! As i'm sure you would all be comfortable leaving them there! The rot within the tree was quite extensive, and could have reasulted in half of the tree breaking and falling!
The report I had done is on line on the council web site for all to see, so please read before you make any more ill informed comments!
And no, I,m sure it won't reasult in 100k value increase!
On a presonal note it was a very sad day for me to see it go as it was a magnificent tree and a huge loss to the area
Well what can I say, reading some of thease comments the phase "ignorance is bliss" springs to mind! Had I known that you all felt this way about the tree I would have left it standing and invited you all to bring your children to sleep over during the next big storms we will undoubtedly get! As i'm sure you would all be comfortable leaving them there! The rot within the tree was quite extensive, and could have reasulted in half of the tree breaking and falling! The report I had done is on line on the council web site for all to see, so please read before you make any more ill informed comments! And no, I,m sure it won't reasult in 100k value increase! On a presonal note it was a very sad day for me to see it go as it was a magnificent tree and a huge loss to the area mikecr5
  • Score: -1

4:16pm Mon 14 Apr 14

60plus says...

I bet his neighbours are made up some sunshine in their garden,I wish the one by me suffers the same fate.
I bet his neighbours are made up some sunshine in their garden,I wish the one by me suffers the same fate. 60plus
  • Score: -10

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