Kirklees Council has moved to reassure villagers in Scholes that a sycamore tree which stood proudly on the village green will be replaced, after it was suddenly cut down.
Residents were left mystified last week when workmen arrived on Town Gate in the village to chop the tree, believed to be at least 100 years old, down to a mere stump.
Villager Margaret Pownall, who lives on Town Gate, contacted The Guardian last week to say that no notice or explanation had been given as to why tree was removed, despite it being regarded as an object of natural beauty for so long.
However, the council has now said that the tree was suffering from stem rot and will be replaced in the autumm.
A spokesperson told the Guardian: “As part of its ongoing tree management programme, the council has recently carried out a routine inspection of the groups of trees on the two islands on Town Gate.
“Some basic remedial work was identified to maintain this important collection of trees; this included removing a mature sycamore that was suffering from stem rot. It’s position on the outside of the island, leaning over the road and adjacent parked cars meant that it could cause a hazard in the future.
“The plan is to replace the tree in the autumn planting season. The tree was not covered by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO). “