Ash to ashes: Tree listed for years as walnut can now be felled after new study finds it is in fact Ash
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A case of mistaken identity 33 years ago has led to a preservation order being lifted on a curb side tree in March.
It became subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) when officials thought it was a walnut tree, but a recent study has found it is a diseased ash tree that can be felled.
Development officer Danielle Brooke of Fenland Council has confirmed the tree's new status in an email to agents looking to build a house nearby.
She said the designation of the tree as ash meant an application to feel is "is unnecessary".
Ms Brooke added: "The tree officer considers that the ash tree is not worthy of retention or a TPO. Works/felling can go ahead without formal permission due to the tree not being protected".
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An accompanying report to the council says the tree in Elwyn Road has been "diagnosed as suffering from die back which is a deteriorating condition with life expectancy to be less than 10 years".
The site is earmarked for access to a single home, the council was told.
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