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Threatened Hereford trees festooned with wool
7:30am Friday 8th March 2013 in News
MULTICOLOURED scarves appeared this week around 14 lime trees set to be removed by the Highways Agency to make way for an additional lane on Edgar Street, Hereford.
‘Graffiti knitters’ keen to stop the chop added their woollen protests to the trees – already featuring ‘Save Our Trees’ signs – under the cover of darkness, hoping to raise awareness of an issue that has already attracted 176 formal objections on the council’s website.
The council is standing firm, however, and is working with the Highway Agency to design a proposal that would “mitigate” the loss of trees.
A revised plan is expected to be submitted by March 31 to include “replacement tree planting” according to Councillor Graham Powell.
“We are mindful of local environmental concerns over the potential loss of trees,” he said.
While the replacement of these limes with taller, narrower trees may temper environmental concerns, local historian David Whitehead argues the significance of the 14 trees – each over 100 years old – is also historical.
Mr Whitehead, among others, is calling for a tree protection order to be placed on the limes.