Pine fell

Unfortunately this tree was found to have several fungal fruiting bodies of Phaeolus scweinitzii, one on its root plate and two at the stem base.
This fungus causes a brown cubical decay, the rot usually starts in the roots and spreads into the stem causing butt-rot.
The rot can then cause the stem base to fail in high winds.
A specimen of the fungus was sent to a laboratory for testing to confirm it had been identified correctly.
Due to the high risk target area (busy main road) and potential danger caused by this fungus the tree could not be retained.

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