Council vows to replace 100-year old beech tree in Steeton

Thomas Walbank prepares to start work felling the beech tree, centre, in Steeton

Thomas Walbank prepares to start work felling the beech tree, centre, in Steeton

First published in News

One of Steeton’s most majestic trees has had to be felled after catching a terminal disease.

But councillors have promised to replace the century-old copper beech in the village’s Memorial Wood.

Parish council chairman, Coun David Mullen, said a new tree will be planted in honour of the lost specimen.

He added: “The copper beech is perhaps the finest tree in Steeton or even the upper Aire valley.

“It has graced the village for perhaps more than 100 years, but is suffering from an infection of Meripilus giganteus – a parasitic fungus that consumes roots often before it is seen above ground.”

Coun Mullen said the disease was spotted during a routine professional arboricultural survey of the trees in Steeton and Eastburn.

Bob Thorp, Bradford Council’s tree officer, said the tree had to be felled because it was particularly large, and its position at the side of Skipton Road was close to public routes and buildings.

Mr Thorp added: “During last winter’s gales, we lost a large woodland beech with Meripilus that showed no outward signs of stress until it went over and exposed the decayed sub-soil and structural roots.”

Coun Mullen said the parish had a remarkable record of planting trees, including five at the community hub, three hornbeams near the railway station, and more than 100 during the refurbishment of Eastburn Playing Fields.

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5:31pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Mixter says...

Where will they get another 100 year old tree from?
Where will they get another 100 year old tree from? Mixter
  • Score: 2

8:21pm Mon 28 Apr 14

MarkPullen says...

The 100 year old tree shop! ;-)
The 100 year old tree shop! ;-) MarkPullen
  • Score: 2

8:58pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Shauny-Boy says...

A tree mendous idea.
A tree mendous idea. Shauny-Boy
  • Score: 2

9:05am Tue 29 Apr 14

Little Green Man says...

MarkPullen wrote:
The 100 year old tree shop! ;-)
or maybe one of their branches?
[quote][p][bold]MarkPullen[/bold] wrote: The 100 year old tree shop! ;-)[/p][/quote]or maybe one of their branches? Little Green Man
  • Score: -3

10:12am Tue 29 Apr 14

Kingchaser says...

Little Green Man wrote:
MarkPullen wrote: The 100 year old tree shop! ;-)
or maybe one of their branches?
Couldn't they leave it alone?
[quote][p][bold]Little Green Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MarkPullen[/bold] wrote: The 100 year old tree shop! ;-)[/p][/quote]or maybe one of their branches?[/p][/quote]Couldn't they leave it alone? Kingchaser
  • Score: 1

4:58pm Tue 29 Apr 14

MarkPullen says...

Barking mad idea.
Barking mad idea. MarkPullen
  • Score: 1

9:02pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Little Green Man says...

Fir goodness sake!
Fir goodness sake! Little Green Man
  • Score: -1

9:12pm Tue 29 Apr 14

MarkPullen says...

I'm sure their knot going to let it rest until they've rooted out the appropriate sapling.
I'm sure their knot going to let it rest until they've rooted out the appropriate sapling. MarkPullen
  • Score: 1

10:00am Wed 30 Apr 14

Little Green Man says...

Will you guys behave? This is no j-oak!
Will you guys behave? This is no j-oak! Little Green Man
  • Score: -1

11:07am Wed 30 Apr 14

Kingchaser says...

I'm Sycamore of these comments.
I'm Sycamore of these comments. Kingchaser
  • Score: 1

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