LOW rainfall and hot weather were blamed for the death of a landmark monkey puzzle tree at Lymington’s Woodside Gardens.
A decision to fell the specimen was taken by Lymington and Pennington Town Council after advice from a tree officer that it could pose a health and safety risk to the public.
It had begun to drop large branches prior to its removal, according to minutes of the council’s amenities committee, which acknowledged it was “much-loved” by residents.
The tree officer’s report concluded that a contributory factor to its demise could have been compaction of the soil over its roots by pedestrians and lawn mowers. The town council has promised to investigate options for a replacement tree.