The sycamore will come down as part of Adam Smith Global Foundation’s bid restore the garden to how it would have been when the world renowned economist and philosopher stayed with his mother.
The foundation has already restored the derelict property at 1 Adam Smith Close, which is now its office and a visitors’ centre.
In 2019, thanks to a donation it bought the garden behind it, which was once part of Adam Smith’s mum’s house.
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The tree in the garden hangs over the close, adjacent to the stone wall that forms the public walkway which leads from the High Street to the waterfront.
It had not been maintained or pruned, and the foundation said removal was the only safe course of action.
Fife Council has given permission for it to come down.