A SILVER Maple tree outside the Hampshire County Council’s headquarters in Winchester has been cut down.

It has been felled after safety fears as it was confirmed during a recent specialist survey that the tree is diseased, with significant signs of internal decay.

Most of the work was done on Sunday, November 19, with just the stump remaining. The root will be removed and preparations made for a replacement.

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Options other than complete removal had been considered by the council but the trunk is starting to lean, posing a possible risk to passing vehicles and pedestrians.

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The trees were planted in 1977 to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee.

Cllr Rob Humby, Hampshire County Council leader, previously said: ”Following very careful examination by specialists, who uncovered significant decay, regrettably we have no option but to begin its removal to ensure both vehicles and pedestrians can continue to use the area safely.

“We are giving much thought to an appropriate replacement, which we hope to plant in 2024, and are pleased that surveys show that the other Silver Maple currently remains in good health.”