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April 1st, 2012 5:30pm EDT

Paul McCartneyA forest Paul McCartney planted in memory of his late wife Linda has been destroyed by disease.

After his wife's death from cancer in 1998, the Beatles star planted numerous trees on the border of the estate he shared with Linda in Somerset, England.

However, the woodland has been devastated by phytophthora ramorum, or sudden oak death, a disease which has infected many of the trees in Linda's Wood and forced caretakers to cut them down.

McCartney entrusted the maintenance of the green space to the League Against Cruel Sports and spokesperson Joe Duckworth confirms most of the larch trees have now gone, telling Britain's Sunday Telegraph, "Some of them were diseased and it was decided that the larch would be chopped down as a preventative measure. Lots of larch in the area are being chopped down."

The veteran musician opened Linda's Wood with a dedication ceremony in 1998 - his children laid posies on the trees in memory of their mother and a band played music by the couple's group Wings.

 

Paul McCartney

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