WYCHAVON District Council has confirmed a new tree will be planted in memory of a Droitwich teacher.

The council appealed in August to find the family of Jimmy James who had a horse chestnut tree in his memory in St Peter’s Fields.

The tree was found to be structurally unstable with poor growth and a compression fracture, and as it could no longer support its own weight it posed a safety risk.

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Councillor Emma Stokes said it was upsetting the tree had to come down as it was planted in memory of someone "who obviously meant a great deal”.

There was a huge response to the appeal, that allowed council officials to get in touch with Mr James’ family.

And a council spokesman has now said after talks with one of Jimmy’s daughters it has been agreed to replant a new tree of the family's choice this winter.