New trees will be installed in a town centre planter after it was discovered the existing ones were causing extensive damage.
Work began last week to prune the three plane trees in the planter outside St Michael’s churchyard in Stamford.
As branches were removed it became clear that the trees were causing more damage than was first thought.
Stamford town clerk Patricia Stuart-Mogg said: “Since work on the planter has commenced it has become increasingly clear that the poor condition of the plane trees and the damage to the planter is much more extensive than at first believed.
“It is Lincolnshire Highways’ considered opinion that these plane trees were an unsuitable choice of species for this site. The restriction of the roots in a small planter and reducing the size of the trees is a temporary measure.
“The current weather has proved the plane trees to be unstable with a concomitant risk to public health and safety.”
As a result the original plan to reduce the size of the trees has changed. They will now be completely removed, with more suitable trees planted in their place.
Among the species being considered are the Chinese birch and the Tibetan cherry. Mrs Stuart-Mogg said: “They have year round interest with mahogany-coloured bark which will be illuminated up at night by planned up-lighters.”
The plane trees have today (Monday) been cut to a height of about two metres. The stumps will be removed on Monday next week, after which work to rebuild the planter will begin.
The seats and the bicycle rack adjacent to the planter have been temporarily removed while the Cityscape map stand has also been moved to a new position beside the town information board, outside Nationwide Building Society.
The renovation project is being managed by Stamford Town Council with support of the county and district councils and Stamford Civic Society’s Urban Group. It will be funded by a grant from the Eric Winston Cook legacy.