The large willow tree on the Meadows in Stamford is being pruned as part of routine work.
Stamford Town Council is paying for the work as part of a programme of tree maintenance across its amenities, which include the Meadows, the Recreation Ground and the cemetery in Little Casterton Road.
Coun Mike Exton (Con), who chairs the council’s amenities committee, said the work was part of a programme of tree maintenance and the willow would grow back.
Coun Exton said the work had been timed just before the period of maximum growth in order to reduce the visual impact.
But some people have reacted angrily to the dramatic image of the skeletal tree. Rita Wood, who lives opposite the Meadows in the almshouses at Lord Burghley’s Hospital, said: “It’s absolutely awful. If they take this last bit of it off all we have got to look at is that awful skeleton.
“Everyone is going to be very upset about this.”