'Chain gang' in protest against plan to fell Brockhole monkey puzzle tree (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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'Chain gang' in protest against plan to fell Brockhole monkey puzzle tree
9:39am Friday 26th October 2012 in News
THE felling of an iconic tree will go ahead, despite protests from campaigners who chained themselves to its trunk.
Yesterday morning six objectors chalked the words ‘Save Me’ onto the bark and staged a peaceful protest against a decision by the Lake District National Park Authority to chop down a 110-year-old monkey puzzle in the grounds of Brockhole.
Adam Thomas, redevelopment programme director, said: “The protest was similar to ones we have had before, including at a meeting last weekend when members made it clear to them that a decision has been made.
“What the protestors have to say has been considered. But the tree will be cut down and a new one planted instead.”
Mr Thomas said he would not make the felling date public for ‘health and safety’ purposes.
One of the protestors Susan Wales said the protest has been a success.
“The park authority says it wants to fell the tree because it spoils the view,” she said. “But most people think it enhances the view.
“We are still trying to get a preservation order , from an authority above the LDNPA.”
The tree was planted by the Gaddum family, cousins of Beatrix Potter who lived at Brockhole.