Last year Council officers told Councillor Mark Wilkes that the huge tree at the end of Abbey Road had rotted inside and had to be cut down.
After checking that was the case (just to be sure!) Mark asked for a big stump to be left so the tree could be carved.
This year Cllr Hopgood found a local tree carver, Ritchie Barnes who agreed to do the work for a special price.
Framwellgate Moor Parish Council agreed to pay the £100 cost. Using local budgets as part of a wider plan to renew flower tubs the Lib Dem councillors with their colleague Cllr Mamie Simmons also got the County Council to put a floral display around the tree.