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VIDEO: Bury St Edmunds’ metal trees are coming down




The tree that was hit in St Andrew's Street South, Bury St Edmunds
The tree that was hit in St Andrew's Street South, Bury St Edmunds

One of Bury St Edmunds’ £20,000 tree sculptures has once again fallen victim to a road traffic accident.

A delivery lorry hit the stainless steel tree opposite Waterstone’s, in St Andrew’s Street South, at around 8am today.

It is now unstable and is going to be removed this morning, while the neighbouring tree sculpture, which was hit previously, will also soon be removed.

The £20,000 sculptures, created by Nigel Kaines, have attracted much criticism since being installed last June.

A spokesman from St Edmundsbury Borough Council said: “The metal trees, which were paid for by developers out of money specifically designated for street art, are being removed and repaired after one was hit by a lorry this morning.

“We have had to make an emergency road closure as the area around the most recently hit tree is currently not safe.

The tree sculpture in St Andrew's Street South, Bury, which has been removed following an RTC this morning (May 11)
The tree sculpture in St Andrew's Street South, Bury, which has been removed following an RTC this morning (May 11)

“We already have an insurance claim pending after one of the trees was hit by a vehicle previously and we will be submitting another claim following this morning’s accident.

“We further intend to provide reinforcement to the area surrounding the trees prior to reinstating them to prevent this happening again.”

More here as we have it.



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