Mayor told: ‘Yew too big’

Official measurements show some branches hang too low - a hazard for pedestrians and passing traffic

AXMINSTER’S troublesome churchyard yew tree is for the chop.

Mayor Andrew Moulding told town councillors that officials have now measured it and decided that some of its branches do hang too low.

Members asked Devon highways chiefs to investigate after complaints from the public that falling berries had made walking near the tree dangerous – one woman had fallen and hurt herself.

And there were also concerns that some tall vehicles had to pull out into the centre of the road to avoid hitting the branches overhanging West Street – presenting a traffic hazard.

Now county highways superintendent Brian Hoare has told them measurements show the historic tree should be lopped and the council’s Streetscene services unit will put the work in hand.