PENARTH HEAD’S 200-FOOT-HIGH CLIFF-TOP PINES ARE FELLED

A long way down. 50 foot up a tree 200 feet above the beach today an arborist dismantles one of Penarth's famous cliff-top pines

A long way down. 50 foot up a tree 200 feet above the beach today an arborist dismantles one of Penarth’s famous cliff-top pines

Some of the  most recognisable features of the Penarth  Head cliff-top –  the last of a group of tall pine trees perched on the edge of the 200 foot precipice –  are coming down piece by piece today.

What was once a group of 9 distinctive 50-foot-tall pine trees located on the edge of the cliff are said to be a potential danger to public safety and have been found to be in urgent need of felling.

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

The original “Nine Pines” towering above the skyline on Penarth Head were familiar sight for beachcombers and sailors.

The trees were  located 350 yards  North of Penarth Pier  at the end of the extensive lawn of a private house overlooking the Bristol Channel and are within the Penarth Conservation Area .

Over the years the original 9 pines underwent regular checks and pruning by qualified tree surgeons. However when the experts examined them earlier this year  they found that all five were in imminent danger of collapse – an event which could be  triggered by just one tree falling and bringing  all five  down “like dominoes” onto the beach 200 feet below.

Don't look down. It takes a head for heights to take-down trees this tall - growing in this clifftop location

Don’t look down. It takes a head for heights to take-down trees this tall

The conservation officer of the  Vale of Glamorgan Council was consulted and had formally approved the removal of the pines.

Replacement saplings will be planted elsewhere in the grounds of the house – further away from the cliff edge.

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7 Responses to PENARTH HEAD’S 200-FOOT-HIGH CLIFF-TOP PINES ARE FELLED

  1. snoggerdog says:

    where you see the white piece of concrete there are a row of iron railings hanging over the cliff top, now if they were to film a remake of “THE OMEN” !

  2. Ivor Bagman says:

    This presupposes that
    I’ll be boled over
    Whilst walking the
    Old dock beach.

  3. Anne Greagsby says:

    Sad day…I’ll miss them…

  4. Peter Church says:

    Well, lets cut down the trees!
    In a year or two the roots will die and the whole cliff will come tumbling down.
    Ah well, I’m glad I don’t have a great view.

  5. I must say its not a good idea to remove the trees at the present time as I agree with Peter Church , the roots of these trees and other vegetation at the present time are giving more strength to the cliff face and as we have the ongoing saga of the viewing platform to contend with its not a good idea to tamper around that area. But as building the 100 ton viewing platform where it is borders on lunacy as it is , it does not surprise me one bit that that the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing at any one time. Are the CCTV fixed yet ??? let me guess !! is it NO?

  6. Christopher David says:

    Another metaphor for the VOG and our resident self interested jobsworth sycophants one may hope.

    • Carol RL says:

      I think its safer for ppl below now the trees have all been chopped down. They were too big anyway so the council were right to get rid of them!🙂

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