‘Nobody told us ancient tree would be felled’

11/8/2011'Tree protesters in Lincoln Court, Berkhamsted. From left, Diana Parker, Neil Branch, Alexandra Wilde and their daughter Sophia Branch, one, Ian Carmichael and Cllr. Garrick Stevens.
11/8/2011'Tree protesters in Lincoln Court, Berkhamsted. From left, Diana Parker, Neil Branch, Alexandra Wilde and their daughter Sophia Branch, one, Ian Carmichael and Cllr. Garrick Stevens.

TOWN leaders are in uproar about the felling of a cedar tree.

They spoke out at a meeting of Berkhamsted Town Council’s planning committee on Monday.

10/8/2011'Problem tree at Lincoln Court, Berkhamsted. Jenny Habib's view of it from her house in Doctors Commons Road.

10/8/2011'Problem tree at Lincoln Court, Berkhamsted. Jenny Habib's view of it from her house in Doctors Commons Road.

The group had lobbied for a Dacorum Borough Council preservation order, which was granted in November 2010.

But the Lincoln Court tree in Berkhamsted was felled two weeks ago after the order was overturned at appeal in April.

Councillor Garrick Stevens said the town council was not told about the April decision. He said: “It is absolutely deplorable.”

Councillor Laurence Handy said: “The sad thing is the procedures were changed; we did not know and were not notified.”