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Veteran oak tree falls in Moreton Hall

A veteran oak tree believed to be around 300-350 years old has collapsed.

The tree, by the entrance to Ten Acre Field off Symonds Road in Moreton Hall, was struck by lightning a few years ago but it survived.

Unfortunately, it has a 'historic longitudinal wound' and a number of 'decay fungi' associated with it which meant it finally collapsed due to weakening of the main stem.

A West Suffolk Council spokesperson said: "We will stabilise the tree as far as possible, and clear the footpath, but leave as much of it in situ as possible for wildlife habitat."

Trevor Beckwith, county councillor for Moreton Hall, said whilst it was a 'great shame' the tree had come down, it is good as much of it will be left in place for wildlife to flourish.

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