THE London plane trees that have long watched over the Rose City from their Guy St home have been reduced to wood chips after they were removed last week.
Southern Downs Region Council parks and projects manager Michael Bell said the trees were assessed by an independent arborist and declared diseased with rotten cores.
The affected trees also presented a potential danger to the public.
"A recent health check found that seven trees between Grafton and Fitzroy Sts were in such ill health they were in danger of falling or dropping large limbs," Mr Bell said.
"They were beyond treatment and needed to be removed."
Five more London plane trees have been put on watch but a number of the younger ones remain in good health.
A survey to help decide on a replacement for the trees was conducted by the council between February 22 and March 12 and revealed that 51.1% of respondents preferred London plane trees, 29.8% preferred claret ash and 19.1% preferred crepe myrtle.