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 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.
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.