The Mighty Oak of Victoria Square,
News & Tribute
This page has appeared to coincide with the initial announcement about this issue. Some information is missing from it, and it will also be updated as things progress, so please check back regularly for updates.
This great, English Oak in Victoria Square is estimated to be around 400 years old (predating The Square)... but sadly it has now coming to the end of its life. This page will give the information as to why, and is in tribute for this wonderful tree.
The Sad News
In 2019, during our initial tree survey (performed by Steve Ambler & Sons*, Tree Specialists), it was noticed that this tree (labelled as no.48 on the survey tree map) was not looking in good health. Further examination found it to be badly diseased .
Vale of Glamorgan Council, who own most of the Square and trees within it, commissioned a specialist ultrasonic investigation of the tree, and this established the considerable extent of the decay within the tree.
The tree itself is internally rotting, so has gradually becoming weaker in its structure. It is in danger of being unable to support its own weight.
There are noticeable signs of this degradation visible on the outside, with leaves yellowing (ahead of time), bare branches and exposed wood from beneath its bark. A large fungal growth is also at its base, which does not help.
In view of these findings, a decision has been made by the Vale of Glamorgan Council to reduce the tree down to a 'monolith'. This decision of course is based on considerations for not only the safety of the public, but the heath of the other oaks in The Square.
 WebMan note: I am awaiting more information about the type of infection and will update this page as soon as possible.
Attendees of the Tree Talk 30th October under the tree.
The fungus at the base of the tree.
The fungus at the base of the tree in close up.
On Tuesday 23rd November, 2021, work will begin, undertaken by Specialist Tree Services on behalf of The Vale of Glamorgan Council (Who 'own' and manage all the public trees in the VoG) to 'dismantle' the tree. The intention is to reduce it down to a 'monolith' around 6m high (similar to others now already in The Square).
This area of The Square will of course be inaccessible to the public, as the tree itself does partially overhang the South Path. Please respect the necessity of the situation, the safety involved and those performing the task.
We will do our best to keep you informed, with possible live updates via our Facebook Feed (available on the Home Page of this site).
Photos of the Dismantling
These pictures were taken on Tuesday 23rd November 2021, showing the Day 1 work by ESA Treecare Ltd*. They returned the following day to complete the task.