This is from an article in the Daily Record in 1998 and documents the felling of George Square’s famous Swedish White Beam trees:

“THE last of the historic trees in Glasgow’s George Square was felled yesterday – under the cover of darkness.

Glasgow City Council chiefs insist the trees – victims of Dutch Elm disease – were rotting, and a danger to the public.

But even they admit the pounds 200,000 revamp of the square could have been handled much better.

Last night, a council spokesman was at the ready, insisting new trees would be arriving Tuesday.

It will take more than that, though, to win-round a sceptical Glasgow public that was never warned of the re-vamp.”

Read the article in full here