The beautiful Copper Beech Tree in Elmhurst Park has sadly come to the end of its life due to root disease. Sadly in late 2011 the fructifications of the Giant Polypore (Meripilus Giganteus) were found growing on some of the roots. This is a disease specific to Beech for which there is no cure. On inspection in July 2013 the tree was considered in the category of 'dead, diseased or dangerous' by the Tree Officer and should be felled forthwith. It was suggested the splendid trunk might be retained to a height of some 5-6m, as a monument.
The pictures in the gallery were taken at hourly intervals during the felling of the tree.