An iconic tree at Ayr’s biggest primary school looks set to be chopped down – marking the end of one chapter of a long-running tradition.

Heathfield Primary School’s giant tree at the school gates will sadly be removed as it is understood the tree’s roots are damaging underground drains.

The tree has long been popular with P7 leavers who tie their red-coloured ties to the branches to complete their primary school journey.

Heathfield announced the sad news on social media and that this year’s P7 pupils will be the last to add their ties to the tree.

However, the school added they will welcome a new tree – ensuring that the tradition can continue next year.

In a post on Facebook, they said: “The roots of this lovely tree are damaging the drains underground.

“Unfortunately we have been informed that the tree will have to be removed!

“This year’s Primary 7 pupils will be the last children to tie their ties.

“Next year we will allocate a new tree to continue this wonderful tradition.

“We will remove some of the existing ties and tie them on some other trees around the school grounds.”

Many people commented on the ‘end of an era’ moment and shared their memories online.

Sammi Hart said: “That’s so sad, I hung my tie on that tree and I’m 32!”

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Joanne Morley said: “That’s such a shame. So many generations have tied their ties to that tree. At least the tradition will be carried on...just on another tree.”

Caley Dalziel said: “This makes me so sad. This tree holds so many memories.

“You should get a disk cutting of it and mount it on to a wall in the school as it’s part of its history so it can live on.”

Vivienne Hannah added: “Oh no. Such a long tradition. Could you see about a wood carving, turning the stump into something to commemorate the tradition.”

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