Old tree on Lincoln High Street cut down for safety

A tree aged at over a century old along High Street and St Mary’s Street in Lincoln has been cut down for the safety of passers-by.

The tree, situated on the pavement outside St Mary’s Le Wigford Church, was removed from the busy street on the evening of October 14.

According to the City of Lincoln Council, which approved the removal, faults within the way they tree was being retained and the safety of those travelling past led to its removal.

A number of residents complained the branches had fallen off the tree in recent months, causing a hazard on the street below.

The council are also looking to protect the church, which is a listed building dating back the the 11th century.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Dave Charysz, Open Spaces Officer, said: “Following surveys by both St Mary’s Church and the city council it was identified that there were a number of structural faults within the former pollard points of the tree.

“Coupled with the lean of the tree towards the highway it was agreed that there was significant risk to the public and, to some extent, the historic church itself.

“As is standard practice, the proposed works were submitted to planning committee for approval.”