200-year-old palm tree to be felled in case it smashes through glasshouse roof

A 200-YEAR-OLD Sabal palm is to be felled — in case its fronds smash a glasshouse roof.

The 60ft tree, from Bermuda, is Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s oldest plant, it is believed.

It was taken from Bermuda and shipped to Germany before turning up at the Port of Leith in 1810.

Simon Allan, who tends it, said: “It could live for another 20 to 30 years. It’s so sad.

"But it’s in decline, its geriatric age, and although we have nothing with more historical and sentimental value, the unique setting of the building means we have to carry out their repair works.”

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