Decaying trees to be removed

Malvern Hills District Council has given permission for 25 Lombardy poplar trees to be removed from Malvern College sports grounds.

During a recent arboricultural inspection of the trees, which are on land off Court Road owned by Malvern College, nine of the trees were found to be badly decayed at the base of the main stems.

The extent of the decay means that there is a high risk of the affected trees collapsing. Two in the line of 25 trees have already fallen.

The removal of the trees, deemed dangerous from decay, would leave large gaps in the line and render the remaining trees exposed to an increased wind-loading. This would mean a heightened risk of failure for the trees that remain and, in addition to this, the beauty of the continuous line of trees would be lost.

Reluctantly, Malvern College has decided that the best course of action is to remove the entire line of trees and replant.  

As the trees are covered by a Tree Preservation Order, Malvern College applied to Malvern Hills District Council for permission to remove the trees and replace them.

Consent has been granted on the condition that 25 replacement trees are planted to replace those removed. It has been decided that the columnar form of native oak would be a suitable replacement tree species.

Chris Lewis-Farley, the Landscape Officer at Malvern Hills, said: "It's a great shame to see large trees like this removed, particularly such prominent specimens. But because of the risk that more trees could fall, we feel that in this instance it is the right approach to take. We are excited about the new planting that will go in, as having a row of native oaks will be a real asset to the diversity of Malvern's treescape."

The work is likely to be carried out in the next couple of weeks. The replacement trees will go in this winter, which is the next available planting season.

For more information about the application, you can contact Chris Lewis-Farley on 01684 862407 or email