A tree which had posed a risk to park users has now been replaced.

The Cedar of Lebanon tree was removed last year in Bushey Heath after a survey discovered it had significant structural weakness to the trunk.

It has now been replaced by a new Cedar of Lebanon tree, which was planted in Mary Forsdyke Garden and Warren Lake.

Contractors Glendale planted the tree in the exact spot where the previous tree had grown.

Mark Pigden, Arboricultural Officer at Hertsmere Borough Council, said: "Unfortunately we had to remove the existing Cedar of Lebanon as a survey conducted discovered severe structural defects within the tree, which meant it posed a significant health and safety risk to park users and the surrounding properties.

"However, it is important to replant trees and maintain their amenity value to our parks, as well as the habitat and biodiversity value they bring to our open spaces. In time, this new Cedar of Lebanon will grow and restore that value to Mary Forsdyke Garden and Warren Lake.

"Visitors to the park were excited to see a replacement tree being planted."

The replacement comes as part of a wider scheme across Hertsmere to plant of variety of new trees to replace dead, diseased or dying trees that have been removed due to the safety risk to people and buildings.

Between Glendale, Countryside Management Services and volunteer schemes 850 trees have been planted.

Mr Pigden added: "Unfortunately, we do have to remove trees due to a variety of reasons, but we aim to replenish and add to our tree stock to ensure habitats for wildlife, improve our green spaces as well as part of our climate change programme to achieve net-zero carbon emissions no later than 2050."

Find out more about tree planting across the borough here