Nature lovers mourn loss of 'Britain's tallest magnolia' after towering 60ft ... trends now

Nature lovers mourn loss of 'Britain's tallest magnolia' after towering 60ft ... trends now
Nature lovers mourn loss of 'Britain's tallest magnolia' after towering 60ft ... trends now

Nature lovers mourn loss of 'Britain's tallest magnolia' after towering 60ft ... trends now

Nature lovers have mourned the loss of what was believed to be Britain's tallest magnolia tree after it was felled for health and safety reasons.

The magnificent magnolia, which proudly stood at 60ft, was planted in the back garden of a home in the Lilliput suburb of Poole, Dorset, more than 50 years ago by a former owner.

Each spring people flocked to the area to see its pink blossom, but now there is an empty space after the local council approved an application to chop it down.

The current owners of the detached house on Elgin Road commissioned a tree surgeon to inspect the specimen who found it was in a state of decay.

They feared it could fall and damage theirs or neighbouring' properties, leaving them liable.

A look at what is believed to be Britain's tallest magnolia tree in Poole, Dorset

A look at what is believed to be Britain's tallest magnolia tree in Poole, Dorset

Every Spring, people would flock to the street to see the beautiful magnolia in blossom

Every Spring, people would flock to the street to see the beautiful magnolia in blossom

Now, there is a sorry sight after the magnolia was cut down due to safety concerns

Now, there is a sorry sight after the magnolia was cut down due to safety concerns

A BCP Council officer agreed, saying that because it was close to three properties it could fall on them if it was blown down in its weakened state.

Neighbour Steve Trew said: 'It is a shame. We've only been here a few years but we thought it was a lovely tree and were very disappointed when it went.

'I understand why it became a hazard, sadly I think the council did the right thing approving the felling. It's never serious until something happens.'

Other neighbours, who did not want to be named, also spoke of their sadness, adding: 'I was sad to see it go, it was a beautiful tree. But it is up to the owners what they do with their tree.'

Graham Whitehall, of the Dorset Lake Community Group, said: 'It's a difficult one, I'm a big tree lover but I think this was the right tree in the wrong place. We had heard rumblings about the fact it was no longer there and then we got confirmation that the owners got permission to fell it.

'It's a Marmite moment - you will have some people saying it's the owner's tree they can do what they want, and others will say it's a public amenity and should be protected.

'It was magnificent but at the end of the day, the person who owns that property is responsible for that tree and if they feel it is a danger and have done everything in the correct way, there's nothing you can do about it.'

The original owner

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