Not the walls, but the trees along the Tenby town walls have come tumbling down. Well one came down in a storm, the others courtesy of tree surgeons. And all because …… they were stricken with disease. Kretzschmaria deusta.
Planted in 1955, the horse chestnut trees have always survived the storms, weather or political – the roots causing the pavement to heave upwards, the branches being too long, too short for shade beneath, a home for Christmas Lights, not a home for the lights – until now.
Now they’re not there. Nor will anything else be, until the fungus spread is no more, the contamination decontaminated. Sounds like a chemical attack, doesn’t it. Then, I suppose, that’s exactly what’s happened.
Now the town walls can be seen in all their prestigious glory, no hiding places left. The three constructional time zones revealed by their respective levels, a bit like the age of a tortoise from the rings on its shell. Originally built by (though I hardly think they got their hands dirty) the Earls of Pembroke in the 13th Century, they were built higher under the instructions of Jasper Tudor, Duke of Bedford in the 15th Century. They were then substantively repaired towards the end of the 16th Century.
Oh, and the town walls are Listed grade I. Shame the trees weren’t. Not that that would have stopped them listing.