Century-old tree gets chop

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A HORSE chestnut tree which has stood next to Bakewell’s medieval bridge for more than a century is due to be chopped down.

The 60ft-high tree, thought to be more than 100 years old, beside the Castle Inn is suffering from ‘bleeding canker,’ a widespread disease that has affected horse chestnuts across Britain.

It will be felled on Wednesday, December 12, after which a replacement tree will be planted.

Tree officers from the Peak District National Park Authority have been working with the Haddon Estate, which owns the tree, to monitor its condition.

David Goodwin, conservation officer, said: “We realise this will cause concern to local people and visitors, and we’d like to assure them that the decision to remove it wasn’t taken lightly.”