Today the family's solicitors, Irwin Mitchell, said the family had reached an undisclosed out-of-court settlement with Yaxley Parish Council which was responsible for the tree.
Parents Laura and Martin Howard, from Yaxley, said:
The parents of a 13-year-old girl killed by a falling tree branch have spoken of their heartbreak for the first time and called on councils to improve safety.
Sophie Howard was sitting under a tree on a bench in Middletons Road Recreation Ground in Yaxley, near Peterborough, when she died on June 30 last year.
The branch snapped and fell, killing her instantly.