Sadness as tree is cut down

Police outside student accommodation in Stanhope Road, Portsmouth on Friday Picture Ben Fishwick

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WORK is underway to remove a giant tree after it caught cauliflower fungus which caused it to rot.

As reported, councillors gave permission to fell the Montgomery pine in Bridge Road, Park Gate, after they deemed it to be ‘an unacceptable risk to the public.’

Workmen started to cut down the tree on Monday.

Resident Andy Jacobs said he was sad to see the tree go.

He said: ‘This giant tree has been a landmark on this corner all my life.’

He added: ‘My family owned the site it grew on for over 50 years.’