A prominent beech tree in Torphichen is to be felled after the tree was found to be in a state of decay.

15 August
Torphichen tree

During a recent inspection of the beech trees adjacent to Northgate in Torphichen, 'Ganoderma' fungus was found on one of the trees. Due to the significance of this tree a local consultant was brought in to carry out an independent assessment.  The in depth inspection involved the use of an 'ultra-sonic' test to  map the extent of the decay within the tree.

Eirwen Hopwood, the council's Park and Woodland Manager, said: "Unfortunately the tree is showing signs of extensive decay and has to be felled. The tree is beautiful and is very prominent in the village.  We fully understand that local people will be upset to see it felled. However the decay is very extensive and it would be unsafe to leave the tree as it is.

"The tree is in close proximity to the public road, pavement as well as properties and unfortunately it has to be removed.

"Once removed we shall assess whether or not to replace this tree."     Work will be completed by the end of September 2019 for timing.