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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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Cherry tree makes its return

A TREE has been planted to replace a controversially felled cherry tree.

In September, Copeland Borough Council chopped down the cherry tree outside the Marchon Club in Whitehaven as it was in a condition “which caused them concern”.

Keith Parker, Copeland’s head of neighbourhoods, said this week: “When the old tree had to be removed, we said we would plant a new one as a replacement. We have now done this and look forward to it blossoming in the future.”

When the tree was felled, it angered residents who branded it an act of “council vandalism”. More than 500 comments were posted on Facebook arguing against the council decision.

However, Peter Kane, Copeland’s portfolio holder for the environment, said: “Two senior officers inspected the tree and found that, as it neared the end of its life, the leaning had caused the roots to lift up and the tree to become particularly unstable.

“We can see why people might be angry if they did not know the reason behind it, but I’m sure everyone would agree that simply leaving it to topple and cause damage or injury was not an option.”

The new tree has been planted on the same green space as the former cherry tree on Front Corkickle.

Have your say

I've a vision of joshuah as a future candidate for Mayor of Copeland. I'm happy about the new tree, it being a new for old replacement. Pity the news couldn't spare a couple of column inches for a picture of this special occasion though, so rare that something demolished is replaced by something better in Whitehaven.

Posted by Claire Voyant on 23 December 2013 at 21:54

so they cut one down to plant another it would of cost more to plat the secand on then it did to cut down the first one your on about saving money stop giving CBC and Sellafield pay rises

Posted by joshuah on 23 December 2013 at 02:49

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