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4th September
04-SEP-2012

4th September

The Elm/Umbrella Tree in the Winter Gardens finally got cut down today,
there's plans to make it into a memorial bench and a replacement will be planted in a few weeks


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Guest 29-Sep-2012 00:49
I seem to remember that before it was pruned the branches of the witch elm were dying; so there would be few options.
Hugh. 06-Sep-2012 14:54
What I dont get is, they do such a wonderful job of the gardens all around that tree, so why such drastic action in totally ruining it? I dont recall anyone stating that it was diseased in any way prior to the original lopping off its branches.
I wonder how many people have commented on that tree in its lifetime.
Mr Audi05-Sep-2012 23:36
Gutted to see this tree cut down. Did it die from the pruning ?
Kelpie. 05-Sep-2012 21:22
Indeed why was it cut down? I can see no rot even in the branches that were pruned. Did some counciller have bad memories of it ?
George Faller-Kerr 05-Sep-2012 19:24
Gutted. I used to hide under that tree when I lived in Rothesay as a little boy (1972ish), so so sad seeing it cut down. Shame on whoever made that call!!
Jim Margach 05-Sep-2012 11:23
I SHARE THE VIEW OF THE MAJORITY,FROM THE TREE THAT WAS TO THIS END WHY DID THEY PRUNE IT IN THE FIRST PLACE
Alastair Fenton 05-Sep-2012 10:16
I have a faded photograph taken in 1897 showing the band stand before the Winter Gardens were built and it looks like the tree is in it then. It was a mature tree in the 40s and was known as The Weeping Willow.
When control of Rothesays affairs passed from the Town Council to Argyll And Bute it has been a process of decline.
WAGuest 05-Sep-2012 00:42
Not a good start to the day - how many people knew and loved that tree.
Helen 04-Sep-2012 22:23
Is "excellent work" an ironic comment? This is an absolute shame.
Bill Miller04-Sep-2012 20:08
That is an uncomfortable bench...
Hugh. 04-Sep-2012 19:49
Thats a real shame. Anybody know how old that tree was?
Johnny JAG04-Sep-2012 19:40
Such a shame, I hope they make a better job of the bench than they did of the pruning.
caltonbhoydes04-Sep-2012 17:28
Another childhood memory gone. Not many left.
soulis04-Sep-2012 16:47
Excellent work. V.
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