Work to fell an iconic Maldon tree begins this weekend.
The holm oak in St Peter's Churchyard, in the High Street, is believed to be up to 120-years-old.
But town councillors decided last November to remove it because a fungal infection means it could fall at any moment.
Work is due to be carried out between Saturday and Monday, weather permitting.
The tree had been monitored regularly since a fungal growth at the base was discovered in 2010.
A commemorative plaque will be carved from the uninfected wood and a new native tree will be planted.