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.
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