A SEARCH has begun to find the original donor of a tree planted in memory of a teacher, as a new one will have to be planted.

The horse chestnut tree was planted in St Peter’s Fields in Droitwich a number of years ago in tribute to retired teacher Jimmy James.

Wychavon District Council says it has no more information about the teacher, or who donated the tree.

The tree has now had to be removed as a survey found it was structurally unstable with poor growth and compression fracture – meaning the tree was no longer able to support its own weight.

The authority adds if action had not been taken then it would have posed a safety risk to the public.

The authority says it is keen to plant a new tree in memory of Jimmy and reinstall the plaque dedicated to him, but needs to get in touch with the original donor.

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Councillor Emma Stokes, Wychavon District Council's executive board member for environment, said: “It is always sad when we have to remove a tree but it is particularly upsetting on this occasion as it was planted in memory of someone who obviously meant a great deal.

"We’d like to replace the tree and would urge the original donor, or anyone who has information that could help track them down or about Jimmy, to get in touch with us.”

Anyone who can help find the original donor, or who information that can help, is asked to email Emily Jeavons, Wychavon’s parks and greenspace officer, at Emily.Jeavons@wychavon.gov.uk.