Protesters leave messages tied to 300-year-old mighty oak to be felled for HS2

Picture: David Hastings

A 300-year-old oak – nominated for Tree of the Year 2020 – is to be felled to make way for the HS2 line.

More than 100 people have said “goodbye” to the mighty oak before workmen move in.

They have left notes tied to the tree’s branches.

Picture: David Hastings

Messages of support were read out, including one from author James Canton.

His book “The Oak Papers” was book of the week on Radio 4 recently.

Also, a message from Colin Tudge, author of “The Secret Life of Trees”.

Picture: Twitter

One message read:

“You are cutting down this tree for something you don’t need.

“I am 12 and know better than that.”

Xandra Gilchrist, co-ordinator of the event, said:

“A line has been drawn through the English countryside with no thought of our precious natural heritage or what this project is doing with regards to climate change or people’s lives.

“It is time for an urgent rethink.”

About the Author

Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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