Work begins removing trees with Dutch Elm Disease from Burns Statue Square in Ayr.
South Ayrshire Council has removed trees from Burns Statue Square that died as a result of succumbing to Dutch Elm Disease, in the interests of public safety.
Councillor John McDowall, Environment and Sustainability Portfolio Holder for the Council said: "We took a decision to remove the trees as we have a responsibility to ensure the public are safe and dead trees are a public safety risk. The trees and their stumps will be removed over the next few days."
Officers from the Council will consult with local Community Councils over the next few months and take on board their suggestions and comments about the species of the new trees that will be planted.
The trees that are selected will then be planted at the appropriate time of year to give them the best start possible.
Councillor McDowall concluded: "We had to remove the trees and we must now look forward to planting healthy new trees that will enhance Burns Statue Square and be a great backdrop to the statue of our national Bard Robert Burns."