YEOVIL NEWS: Giant fir tree to be chopped down in Sidney Gardens?

 YEOVIL NEWS: Giant fir tree to be chopped down in Sidney Gardens?

THERE are growing fears that this much-loved Lebanon Cedar tree in Sidney Gardens in Yeovil will have to be pulled down.

It is understood that an expert is going to have a look at the tree, but it might be too late to save it from the chop as it has died.

Regular users of Sidney Gardens are desperately saddened that this iconic tree – which was first planted in the late 1800s – will have to come down.

Sidney Gardens was presented to the town by Alderman Sidney Watts when he was Mayor to commemorate the 1897 Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria, although the gardens were not officially opened until June 23 the following year.

There has been a suggestion that if the  tree is cut down, perhaps some sort of memorial carving can be made from the trunk to commemorate next year’s Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

More news available in the August edition of the Yeovil Press community newspaper - available now in various outlets in the town including the Tesco Extra store, Morrisons store, No5 Cafe Diner on the Lynx Trading Estate, Iceland store in the Quedam Shopping Centre, and Palmers Garden Centre.

PHOTOS – ABOVE: The fir tree looking splendid back in 1962 and a photo taken recently of the tree looking bereft of much life.