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Controversial Bury St Edmunds metal tree sculptures still in storage as search for new site stalls

Controversial stainless steel trees which once stood in St Andrew's Street South still have not found a new home – more than two years after they were removed.

The £20,000 sculptures, which were funded through contributions from the Arc shopping centre developers, have been in storage since they were removed in 2016, after being hit by vehicles.

A spokesman for St Edmundsbury Borough Council said potential new locations had been 'explored'.

Metal tree in Bury St Edmunds. (6492985)
Metal tree in Bury St Edmunds. (6492985)

“The trees have been repaired following damage caused after they were hit by vehicles and all associated costs have been recovered from third party insurers. They are being stored at no cost," the spokesman said.

"Alternative potential permanent locations have been explored. Given they were entirely funded by the developers of the Arc, we have looked to keep them close to the Arc shopping centre. Unfortunately, due to the foundations required, we have not been able to find a workable location. Other options for citing these trees will be considered as and when opportunities arise.”

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