‘Unsafe’ tree felled
A prominent tree in the churchyard became unsafe towards the end of
2016 after being attacked by a giant fungus that was slowly killing
The copper beech was on the corner of St James's Road and Park Road.
As it was within the churchyard it was the responsibility of Richmond
borough council, who are responsible for maintaining the churchyard.
The tree had Meripilus giganteus,
or giant polypore, a type of white rot. The decay was so vast that
the tree could have fallen in windy weather. As it was close to a
busy road and pavement the council decided that, for safety reasons,
it had to be felled. So in a two day-long operation, the tree was
cut down at the beginning of January 2017. It was replaced by a tree
that was more resistant to disease.