Wymondham town centre public car park to close

A prominent Wymondham town centre car park will be closing next week for three days to allow council workmen to cut down a large tree in danger of collapsing.

The Market Street car park will be shut from March 20-22 while the diseased horse chestnut is felled after an inspection by South Norfolk Council workmen found the tree was suffering from bleeding canker, meaning the heart wood was likely to be rotten and fungus had been found in some of the main support root systems, which could lead to the tree uprooting in bad weather.

Several branches were also reported as unstable with a risk they could fall onto the car park.

The council will be replacing the tree in the autumn with either a large London Plane or Evergreen Oak. They will not be planting another chestnut as they are particularly vulnerable to disease at the moment.

Despite the car park being closed, the public toilets will stay open.

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