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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 May, 2005, 15:42 GMT 16:42 UK
Work to help save landmark tree
A landmark tree in Derbyshire dating back to Victorian times will be given surgery so it will live 50 more years.

Two branches on the horse chestnut tree near the Chestnut Centre otter, owl and wildlife park, Chapel-en-le-Frith, need some work to prevent them breaking off.

The ends of the two boughs, plus the seat next to the tree, will be removed.

Derbyshire County Council, the Peak District National Park Authority, High Peak Borough Council and Bartlett tree services will carry out the work.

Longer life

This will be carried out in the next month after the tree has been checked for nesting birds and bat roosts.

There will be more major pruning in the autumn to reduce the overall size of the crown, along with root feeding to help regrowth of the tree.

John Hambrook, district highways care manager for Derbyshire County Council, said: "The tree was planted in Victorian times and has become a major landmark in the High Peak.

"These works will undoubtedly change its appearance and profile but will ensure it is not lost as a local feature as well as giving it a life span of possibly another 50 years."

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