Just in case – like me – you wondered what had happened to this tree just inside the Sydney Road entrance to Sydney Gardens – opposite the Bath Spa McDonald Hotel – l understand a notice was placed on its rather bark-less trunk a little later.
It wasn’t vandals or a dog attack but the Parks Department investigating why the tree was looking so poorly. The notice apparently read:
“The Maple tree to which this notice is attached will be felled within the next few weeks.
Sadly, this tree is in a very poor condition, it has an extensive
infection in the main stem. The bark over a significant proportion of the main stem has died, which has resulted in some branches dying, one of which has already failed.
The dead bark had become separate from the stem of the tree hence it could easily be removed.
The condition of the tree will not improve only deteriorate further so it is to be removed.
A replacement tree will be planted close to this location.”
My thanks to Menna Davies in the B&NES Press Office for that!
Just to show how resilient Nature is, l noticed the trees on the Green Park bank of the River Avon – which had been felled prior to a proposed re-shaping of the bank as part of a flood prevention scheme – have all sprouted and formed bushes.
Sad to say l fear what is left of the trees will eventually disappear when the excavating gets underway.
We have been promised new trees and a closer connection with the river.
Meanwhile outside the Guildhall the now withered remains of the flowers that had looked so colourful during the summer months are now being taken away to rest in that great compost bin in the sky.
Have to say l think the sign is rather stating the obvious?!