A village is mourning the loss of two long-lived trees which were felled despite being located in a conservation area.
The veteran fruit trees were destroyed while the grounds of a property in Elstow were undergoing improvement work.
Bedford Borough Councillor for Elstow Tim Hill said the trees have been there for about 40-to-50 years.
He said: “It is simply unacceptable in a conservation area. We are now trying to make sure similar trees are put in place.”
A Bedford Borough Council spokesman said the trees were felled in the West End area within the Elstow conservation area by a contractor working on behalf of Southill Estates as part of improvement works to a property.
He added: “Southill Estates has apologised for this error and has agreed to plant replacement trees.
“The Council has requested that this work takes place during the current planting season.”