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VIDEO: Rhyddings Park 'Big Red' tree chopped down

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12:33pm 21st September 2016
(Updated 5:24pm 21st September 2016)

The tree affectionately known as 'Big Red' has been cut down in Rhyddings Park, despite exhaustive efforts to save it.

Tree surgeons have spent the day on-site at the Oswaldtwistle beauty spot chopping the tree, much to the shock of locals.

Kirsty Barnes has campaigned hard to stop this from happening, she's devastated: "All of our hard work to save this tree has been in vain and it's just heart-breaking. I know a lot of people feel that this has been very under handed. There has been no prior warning that this tree was going to be cut down today - it's just happened. 

"It's not allowed anybody to come down because everybody works and people would have liked to have been informed. It's upsetting for everybody; you only need to look at how many people are starting to turn up to watch on in horror."

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Diane Wilson lives nearby and heard the chain saw from her home: "I'm disgusted how they've sneaked up and done this without giving anybody a date. It's a beautiful tree. No other park has a tree like that."

A Council spokesperson said; “The sequoia tree was taken down today in line with the Cabinet’s decision after an independent review by a tree expert, along with a full discussion and debate at Cabinet and Council, followed by further review and debate by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, as part of a £2 million lottery improvement scheme for Rhyddings Park.

 

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