I recently moved house and this plant is beside the path leading to the front door. Am I correct in thinking it is a type of Palm? Also as you can see the lower leaves are brown and not too healthy looking- any advice on how to deal with this?
Looks like a fan palm to me.
Fan palm here too.
you can cut the lower leaves off, leaving about an inch of stem attached to the trunk.
could be a trachycarpus fortunei - the chusan palm. I grow something similar in a large tub in my garden in the Languedaoc, France. It's very drought tolerant and just needs a little tidying up by removal of dead leaves from time to time, but these are tough and have serrated edges so take care!