The horse chestnut trees on this particular stretch of road are well maintained and have only recently been carefully pruned. When the new bridge was under construction there was considerable disruption to the highway and surrounding path as the photographs demonstrate. Their careful protection must have been ordered and so someone here is doing a very good job; I must find out who it is.
The monochrome image seems to show the same tree at an earlier point in a life that witnessed the destruction of the bridge in December 1944 and possibly earlier damage in 1919 . The tree has been lucky and has so far had a more charmed life than the bridge.