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West Suffolk Council addresses future of controversial metal trees spotted at Bury St Edmunds waste and recycling hub




A council has addressed the future of controversial metal trees which once stood in Bury St Edmunds town centre after they were spotted at a waste and recycling hub.

The £20,000 stainless steel sculptures are being kept at the West Suffolk Operational Hub, in Bury, until a new site is found for them to be installed.

The trees stood in St Andrew’s Street South for about a year but were taken down in the summer of 2016 after being hit by vehicles.

The metal trees are being kept at the West Suffolk Operational Hub in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Janine Valach Moss
The metal trees are being kept at the West Suffolk Operational Hub in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Janine Valach Moss

In 2017, the then St Edmundsbury Borough Council said they were looking for a suitable location for the trees, which were funded through contributions from the developer of the arc shopping centre specifically for public art and divided opinion.

The sculptures were spotted last year in Nowton Park before they were moved by West Suffolk Council and have recently been seen at the operational hub.

A council spokesman said the trees were not being disposed of or recycled.

One of the metal trees pictured in 2015 near the arc, in St Andrew's Street South, Bury St Edmunds
One of the metal trees pictured in 2015 near the arc, in St Andrew's Street South, Bury St Edmunds

"They have been relocated to this more secure location as there were concerns that they would be stolen from where they were being kept previously, given all the public comment," he said.

"It is part of our long term plans to find a suitable site in the town centre where they won’t be damaged and which is capable of having significant foundations to bear the weight.

"That said, given the pandemic, this is not one of our more immediate priorities."

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