TWELVE flowering cherry trees are to be axed in Heckmondwike and replaced with new ones.
An inspection found that the trees, which have been growing in Green Park for about 70 years, are in a poor condition and there is a danger that branches may fall off.
Fungi growing round the base of many of the trees points to significant rot and decay inside.
The trees were planted shortly after the Second World War and have lived well beyond their life expectancy of 20-50 years. They will be replaced with new cherry trees between now and March.
Parks and forestry teams from Kirklees Council have met local councillors and community groups to discuss the situation. Though unwelcome, it was accepted that action is unavoidable.
It is hoped that members of the local community will help with the replanting of cherry trees in the gaps.
Coun Naheed Mather, cabinet member for Greener Kirklees, said: “Removing trees is always a last resort and it's always sad when we have to do it.
“These trees have stood there since just after the Second World War and are very much part of the park and the community.
“They have lived well beyond their life expectancy but now sadly have to be removed for safety reasons.”