A YOUNG magnolia tree has been planted at St Chad’s Gardens in Uppermill to replace the cedar tree which was axed there earlier this year.
The cedar tree, which was traditionally adorned with some of the village’s Christmas lights, was cut down as it was infected with a disease called sirococcus.
Oldham Council pledged to replace the tree and has now done so with the new magnolia ‘galaxy’, which is a small deciduous tree with dark green leaves and deep red-purple buds.
Nik Anderson, Oldham’s Senior Arboricultural and Countryside Officer, said: “The tree was selected because St Chad’s is an ornamental, formal space and this is a tree that has good flower and form, but is ultimately a smaller maturing tree than the cedar would have been and more in-keeping with the space available.
“It was chosen because we have the nice Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree) in there too, and it would be nice to broaden the botanical interest in the gardens.
“We will be looking at perhaps one or two more trees in the area in due course, as we wouldn’t normally plant trees in summer.”