October 28, 2019 1.19 pm This story is over 48 months old

Ancient cedar tree falls at Lincolnshire country house

Recent heavy rainfall and high winds are believed to have contributed

An ancient cedar tree planted at one of Lincolnshire’s country houses 200 years ago fell at the weekend.

Belton House posted images of the magnificent cedar of Lebanon on Saturday, October 26 and staff said that they were devastated by the loss.

Thankfully, nobody was hurt when the tree came down.

Images of the tree revealed that it had relatively shallow roots, so the recent heavy rainfall and high winds are believed to have contributed.

They are now looking at ways to use the timber.

A spokesperson said: “We know how many of you loved and have fond memories of this cedar. It’s too early to say exactly why it fell, but it was possibly planted around 1820.

“That was when the first Earl Brownlow undertook the creation of the Italian Garden, so it was an ancient specimen.”

Belton House is now looking at the best way to use the leftover timber to create a lasting legacy.