Ideas put forward to use wood from old tree in Grantham’s Wyndham Park

The century-old chestnut tree in Wyndham Park, Grantham, which must be removed.

The century-old chestnut tree in Wyndham Park, Grantham, which must be removed.

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A number of ideas have been put forward to make use of the stump and wood from the old chestnut tree in Wyndham Park, which is due to be cut down.

The tree has died and will be taken away for safety reasons because it is said to be in a poor state. But as a result, a number of ideas have been put forward to make use of the tree stump and of the wood.

These ideas have included a bench made out of the wood and some kind of sculpture. It has also been suggested that a slice of the tree could be kept so the rings can be counted to determine the exact age of the tree. This slice could then be put in the visito centre due to be built with the Heritage Lottery Fund money which has been awarded to the Wyndham Park Forum and district council.

An SKDC spokesman said: “The tree is set to be removed before the end of March and we’re delighted community groups and individuals have come forward to show interest into how its wood could be used.

“Plans for various projects are now under way, including transforming part of the tree into a new bench in the park.

“Sections of the tree will also be made available to Grantham College and Wyndham Park Forum for further study. The council is also planning to provide a replacement heavy standard horse chestnut in the vicinity of the existing specimen in 2018 and dedicate the new tree in commemoration of The Great War.”