Historic Bakewell tree is for the chop

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An historic tree in the centre of Bakewell is facing the chop as officials claim it is unsafe due to disease.

The large mature horse chestnut tree located near the Castle Inn and next to the medieval bridge in Bakewell is suffering from ‘bleeding canker’ a widespread disease.

It is expected the tree, which stands 18 metres tall, will be felled on or around Wednesday, December 12, subject to weather.

Tree officers from the Peak District National Park Authority have been working with the Haddon Estate, which owns the tree, to monitor its condition for some time. The tree stands next to one of Bakewell’s busiest roads and they feared it could become dangerous.