This tree stood on the road opposite the singer’s home in Kelaniya.
The residents claim that this tree on Saparamadu place, had been cut down on the instructions of a member of the Saparamadu family.
The Araliya tree had stood there for over 100 years.
When we questioned the person who had come to cut down the tree he said a person by the name of Mahinda Saparamadu had paid him to cut down this tree, but he was not an employee of the Pradeshiya Sabha either.
It is also said that this tree bearing historical significance had been protected earlier by the Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha.
However, the Kelaniya PS is now being run by the Secretary Kapila Kumara who has no knowledge of the area.
He was a former body building champion.
It is however, ironic that this tree had been cut down when the president had in fact notified the relevant authorities that he would attend the ceremony to rename Saparamadu Place as Dharmadasa Walpola Mawatha.