We (and close neighbours of the church) have been concerned for a while about the height and spread of the Tree of Heaven (Alianthus) growing in the front of our churchyard. Last year it dropped a branch, so we consulted some tree surgeons. We learnt the following:
- this species of tree is fast growing and has no upper limit, there are others in Cambridge which are even bigger.
- It is brittle and does drop branches from time to time.
- It is invasive and grows multiple suckers – we have at least five that have grown into small trees in existing graves. Mowing keeps the many hundreds of small suckers at bay.
- It grows much faster after pruning.
- It can be secured to a degree with cables but this cost is a four figure number and we have limited funds available.
We are therefore applying to the Diocese of Ely for permission to remove the tree.
We would like to replace it with something more suitable and equally beautiful.
Please contact our churchwarden Janet on 870240 or Rev’d Susan on firstname.lastname@example.org before May 30th if you would like more information or to make a comment.