Mourners’ outcry at cherry trees chop

12-128          14/2/12         Cherry trees are ill at Woodwells Cemetery, Hemel Hempstead
12-128 14/2/12 Cherry trees are ill at Woodwells Cemetery, Hemel Hempstead

MOURNERS have reacted with anger after council bosses declared a much-loved stand of cherry trees in Woodwells cemeterymust be chopped down.

A sign appeared on Monday saying the trees are diseased and need to be removed, but those with plots on the site want a second opinion.

Graham Douglas, of White Hart Drive, Hemel Hempstead, whose mother Jennifer is buried in the cemetery, said fir trees had already been felled and not replaced.

“What’s needed is an independent person to go up and assess the trees,” he said.

“They look fantastic in bloom. It sets off the ambience of that particular area of the cemetery.

“If all the trees were taken down the whole area would become barren.”

The Dacorum Borough Council sign says work to fell the trees will start on February 27.

It reads: “A large branch recently fell and following an inspection of the trees by a tree surgeon it was discovered that they are diseased and will need to be removed.”