A DISEASED 50ft tree that was nearly 100 years old had to be cut down from a street in Trowbridge as it was a safety risk.

The Lime Tree at Balmoral Road was taken down last week as many of its branches were dead or rotting.

Workers from Conservation Contractors Ltd spent several hours chopping down the tree, leaving just a stump in its place.

“It is quite a sad sight to see a once lovely tree taken down. Most of the trees here were planted before people moved here and I have been told they were 80-90 years old,” said Graham Hill, of Balmoral Road.

Wiltshire Council have said they will replant a tree in its place.