PENARTH HEAD’S LANDMARK “SEVEN PINES” MAY FACE THE CHAIN-SAW

 The trees - a familiar part of the Penarth landscape when viewed from the pier - have received regular maintenance by arborists. The trees are so tall the experts had to work suspended on steel wires with a 200 foot drop beneath them to the beach below. Two of the nine opriginal pines were taken down on technical advice in 2014


The seven pines  – a familiar part of the Penarth landscape when viewed from the pier – have received regular maintenance by arborists. The trees are so tall the experts have to work on them  suspended on steel wires with a 250 foot drop beneath to the beach below. Two of the nine original pines were taken down on technical advice in 2014

A group of seven distinctive 50-foot-tall pine trees located on the edge of Penarth Head Cliff – 200 feet above the beach  – are said to be a potential danger to public safety and in urgent need of felling.

The trees are located 350 yards (.3 of kilometer) North of Penarth Pier  at the end of the extensive lawn of a private house overlooking the Bristol Channel.

The orignal "Nine Pines" towering above the skyline on Penarth Head.

The original “Nine Pines” towering above the skyline on Penarth Head. Now only 7 are left – and these too may now have to be felled as a matter of urgency

Over the years the original 7 (and now 5) trees  have undergone regular checks and pruning by qualified tree surgeons. However when the experts arrived this week, and removed scrub and bushes at the base of the trees at the cliff edge,  they found that all five were in imminent danger of collapse.

The householder has now received an arborists formal report saying that it’s a matter of urgency for the trees – which are within the Penarth Conservation Area – to be felled to avoid the danger of one tree failing and bringing all five  down “like dominoes” onto the beach 200 feet below.

An urgent application is to be made to the conservation officer at the Vale of Glamorgan Council today. If permission for felling is granted the householder intends to plant replacement trees further in from the cliff edge

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6 Responses to PENARTH HEAD’S LANDMARK “SEVEN PINES” MAY FACE THE CHAIN-SAW

  1. Mgg says:

    Oh its terrible destroying the view of Penarth Head that’s been there 100 years or so .? Not really if these trees are dangerous then they need to be dealt with. The circle of life .

  2. Jane Foster says:

    Thankfully the owner intends to plant some new ones unlike the Vale Council who will just plant a sapling in a park and count that as “replacement”.

  3. Anne Greagsby says:

    Glad to hear theyvwill be replaced. Though I’ve got rather cynical about ‘experts’ claiming imminent danger to axe ancient trees as so often its for the view or a precursor to development.

    • David says:

      Quite.

      • AK says:

        Judging by the photographs, it doesn’t take an expert to see that they are in a precarious position.

        Better to be removed before they fall off the cliff and kill someone, and good to hear that they will be replaced.

  4. Frank Evans says:

    7 green trees swaying in breeze, along came a gust on wind and then there 6.
    6 green trees swaying in the breeze, along came VOG tree felling department and then there were none.

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