Three cheers for an East Cowes survivor

pic: Cllr Cameron Palin

Volunteers cheered after the fencing surrounding the iconic Umbrella Tree of East Cowes was removed on Friday.

The tree, planted more than 100 years ago by Queen Victoria’s roads manager, has been threatened since 2017 with being chopped down, after being ruled as unsafe and dying from disease.

But the Friends of East Cowes Umbrella Tree and East Cowes Community Partnership, have worked together to raise funds and sort out the many technical issues.

Cllr Karl Love praised their efforts and said: “The work was done for free by local tree surgeon, Christian of Hartwood Tree Care, and the materials used cost an estimated £2,000 with another £2,000 raised for the fencing since it was erected 10 months ago.

“But, finally, the Umbrella Tree gets to live its twilight years without losing any limbs and standing solidly through all the recent storms we have had. It’s a real survivor and one of the very last umbrella trees on our Island.”