Disease-ridden 'Old Man of Kent' is felled
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Disease-ridden 'Old Man of Kent' is felled after 176 years

One of England's tallest trees, known as The Old Man of Kent, has been felled for safety reasons.

The Grand Fir had stood at 167ft (51m) in the Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest near Goudhurst on the Kent/Sussex border.

The Forestry Commission said it had become dangerous after suffering significant damage from Storm Katie at Easter.

And a recent survey found it had also become diseased.

The "Old Man" had survived storms since 1840 when it was planted by former estate owner Viscount Marshall Beresford.

  • 03 Aug 2016