Workers vow to stage constant vigil under threatened tree in Silsden as work starts to bring it down

PROTEST:  Anna Laycock

PROTEST: Anna Laycock

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CAMAPIGNERS trying to save a 200-year-old tree from being cut down are this morning standing firm despite contractors arriving with chainsaws.

Staff at the Ecology Building Society, Silsden, have vowed to keep constant vigil beneath a massive lime tree which borders their property after contractors began hacking at its lower boughs this morning as part of work to build a new Aldi store.

They are desperately trying to persuade the supermarket company to stay the axe during ground clearance work prior to building on the Keighley Road site.

Yesterday staff were told that no action would be taken to bring the tree down until discussions had taken place between them and Aldi.

"I'm not budging," said ethics manager Anna Laycock.

"Workman began cutting at it after bosses told them to start bringing it down.

"But we've had no contact from Aldi so far about the unnecessary destruction of this wonderful tree which is home to so many living things" said Miss Laycock, sitting beneath its branches.

"We will take turns to stay here to try and save it while we negotiate," she said.

Bradford Council planners granted permission for the tree's removal as it was deemed necessary for Aldi's development of the site.

The company has yet to comment on the situation.

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12:07pm Wed 6 Aug 14

stiflers mom says...

I fear that this could get ugly,somrone call the special branch !!!
I fear that this could get ugly,somrone call the special branch !!! stiflers mom
  • Score: 22

12:18pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Idlesteve says...

Hmm, nice bit of free PR for a little known financial institution. However, correct me if I'm wrong, but planning permission has been granted with consent to remove the tree. They have planning and deeds experts in house, if they were so bothered then they would have objected at planning stage after carefully assessing the plans. Kerching! I smell a freebie AD in the T&A ;-)
Hmm, nice bit of free PR for a little known financial institution. However, correct me if I'm wrong, but planning permission has been granted with consent to remove the tree. They have planning and deeds experts in house, if they were so bothered then they would have objected at planning stage after carefully assessing the plans. Kerching! I smell a freebie AD in the T&A ;-) Idlesteve
  • Score: 10

12:22pm Wed 6 Aug 14

stiflers mom says...

i think your barking up the wrong tree there
i think your barking up the wrong tree there stiflers mom
  • Score: 18

12:30pm Wed 6 Aug 14

BCFC1911 says...

Stupid woman
Stupid woman BCFC1911
  • Score: 6

12:50pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Thackleygirl says...

Bradford Council you are an absolute joke - pathetic...
Bradford Council you are an absolute joke - pathetic... Thackleygirl
  • Score: 5

12:59pm Wed 6 Aug 14

the_watcher86 says...

oh dear i cant even believe something so pathetic can make it into the news!
This is rediculous and the lady in the pic should be embarrased with this stupidness.
A tree is a tree and suprisingly when we build things we have to remove them! Get over it Anna and go plant some 'seeds' somewhere to replace it! Utter joke what some people spend their time doing - complete and utter pointless....!
oh dear i cant even believe something so pathetic can make it into the news! This is rediculous and the lady in the pic should be embarrased with this stupidness. A tree is a tree and suprisingly when we build things we have to remove them! Get over it Anna and go plant some 'seeds' somewhere to replace it! Utter joke what some people spend their time doing - complete and utter pointless....! the_watcher86
  • Score: -1

2:03pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Farsley Bantam says...

stiflers mom wrote:
I fear that this could get ugly,somrone call the special branch !!!
I've just logged a call now. Best to leave it to the professionals. Hopefully they will root out the trouble causers.
[quote][p][bold]stiflers mom[/bold] wrote: I fear that this could get ugly,somrone call the special branch !!![/p][/quote]I've just logged a call now. Best to leave it to the professionals. Hopefully they will root out the trouble causers. Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 14

3:50pm Wed 6 Aug 14

the_watcher86 says...

Crazy Tree Hugger...
Crazy Tree Hugger... the_watcher86
  • Score: -1

3:54pm Wed 6 Aug 14

jamiejoe says...

the_watcher86 wrote:
oh dear i cant even believe something so pathetic can make it into the news!
This is rediculous and the lady in the pic should be embarrased with this stupidness.
A tree is a tree and suprisingly when we build things we have to remove them! Get over it Anna and go plant some 'seeds' somewhere to replace it! Utter joke what some people spend their time doing - complete and utter pointless....!
It's 200 years old.

Have you got a clue?

Maybe your ancestors used to live underneath it?
[quote][p][bold]the_watcher86[/bold] wrote: oh dear i cant even believe something so pathetic can make it into the news! This is rediculous and the lady in the pic should be embarrased with this stupidness. A tree is a tree and suprisingly when we build things we have to remove them! Get over it Anna and go plant some 'seeds' somewhere to replace it! Utter joke what some people spend their time doing - complete and utter pointless....![/p][/quote]It's 200 years old. Have you got a clue? Maybe your ancestors used to live underneath it? jamiejoe
  • Score: 2

3:57pm Wed 6 Aug 14

wrosegirl says...

To be fair, if this was a 200-year-old building then it would be Grade II listed and they wouldn't just come along and demolish it. Although I'm not a 'tree-hugger' I'm struggling to see why a 200-year-old tree is less important than something man-made.
To be fair, if this was a 200-year-old building then it would be Grade II listed and they wouldn't just come along and demolish it. Although I'm not a 'tree-hugger' I'm struggling to see why a 200-year-old tree is less important than something man-made. wrosegirl
  • Score: 8

6:38pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Class_War says...

It's quite disgusting how Big Business treads over everything with no concern for anything but their profits. It seems Aldi are no different to other Supermarkets.
It's quite disgusting how Big Business treads over everything with no concern for anything but their profits. It seems Aldi are no different to other Supermarkets. Class_War
  • Score: 6

8:55pm Wed 6 Aug 14

wigwambam says...

Why do you think we have so many problems with flooding? What do you think would happen if we knocked down all the trees and put up buildings in their place. It has been there for 200 years. I would rather have the tree than another supermarket. I can't believe the council has granted permission for its removal, actually yes I can. Anything goes in bradford
Why do you think we have so many problems with flooding? What do you think would happen if we knocked down all the trees and put up buildings in their place. It has been there for 200 years. I would rather have the tree than another supermarket. I can't believe the council has granted permission for its removal, actually yes I can. Anything goes in bradford wigwambam
  • Score: 5

9:45pm Wed 6 Aug 14

llos25 says...

I would sooner have an Aldi than a tree,if it floods in this area god help us but if it does I do think this tree will help.
I would sooner have an Aldi than a tree,if it floods in this area god help us but if it does I do think this tree will help. llos25
  • Score: 1

9:45pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Haji says...

If you haven't heard of Ecology Building Society then you might also not realise that it is considered as one of the most ethical financial institutions out there even more than co-op. Type in guardian cooperative ethical and a list will appear of who fares best and the Ecology do so well that you can't apparently get an account due to high demand.

Anyway, good on her for making this stand. Who gives us the divine right to cause damage to nature and natural habitats just because we wish to? Answer , no one. We share this planet with other living things and we should not have to destroy them.
If you haven't heard of Ecology Building Society then you might also not realise that it is considered as one of the most ethical financial institutions out there even more than co-op. Type in guardian cooperative ethical and a list will appear of who fares best and the Ecology do so well that you can't apparently get an account due to high demand. Anyway, good on her for making this stand. Who gives us the divine right to cause damage to nature and natural habitats just because we wish to? Answer , no one. We share this planet with other living things and we should not have to destroy them. Haji
  • Score: 4

11:11pm Wed 6 Aug 14

36a says...

Standard practice for all developers, flatten and annihilate the whole area, then they have a blank canvas to work with. Complete morons.
When will anyone give a **** about trees.
We need more trees to help combat the pollution of our planet
Get planting
Standard practice for all developers, flatten and annihilate the whole area, then they have a blank canvas to work with. Complete morons. When will anyone give a **** about trees. We need more trees to help combat the pollution of our planet Get planting 36a
  • Score: 2

3:04am Thu 7 Aug 14

MyBradford says...

To Manny common people these days, they just wouldn't understand that little things do matter. No wonder things are getting bad to worse. If one who has bit of values left & stand their ground. All these short thinking people attack them & think they are more of them so must be right. But truth is there are too many wrong people these days.
To Manny common people these days, they just wouldn't understand that little things do matter. No wonder things are getting bad to worse. If one who has bit of values left & stand their ground. All these short thinking people attack them & think they are more of them so must be right. But truth is there are too many wrong people these days. MyBradford
  • Score: 3

7:20am Thu 7 Aug 14

wigwambam says...

llos25 wrote:
I would sooner have an Aldi than a tree,if it floods in this area god help us but if it does I do think this tree will help.
And I would sooner live in a city where sympathetic planning and environmental diversity was more important than an ugly building that certainly won't be around in 200 years time
[quote][p][bold]llos25[/bold] wrote: I would sooner have an Aldi than a tree,if it floods in this area god help us but if it does I do think this tree will help.[/p][/quote]And I would sooner live in a city where sympathetic planning and environmental diversity was more important than an ugly building that certainly won't be around in 200 years time wigwambam
  • Score: 2

7:24am Thu 7 Aug 14

wigwambam says...

Are their any birds nesting in the tree because by law they cannot touch it.
Are their any birds nesting in the tree because by law they cannot touch it. wigwambam
  • Score: 1

9:57pm Thu 7 Aug 14

YorkyBarKid says...

Hey I say WigWamBam your comments are spot on!
I’m 100% with you on this my friend.
This is Bradford Councils Planning Committee’s Fault.
They should have thought better. Sack the lot of them.
The building could easily be moved several feet away from the tree without problem. They should have looked at this and realized that the tree is worth saving; It is not ill, diseased, damaged or decaying and is perfectly healthy. A Remarkable tree that adds real value to our landscape!
By the way given that bees are in decline..Bees love Lime Trees!!
Save the Lime save Bees, save our Landscape!
Hey I say WigWamBam your comments are spot on! I’m 100% with you on this my friend. This is Bradford Councils Planning Committee’s Fault. They should have thought better. Sack the lot of them. The building could easily be moved several feet away from the tree without problem. They should have looked at this and realized that the tree is worth saving; It is not ill, diseased, damaged or decaying and is perfectly healthy. A Remarkable tree that adds real value to our landscape! By the way given that bees are in decline..Bees love Lime Trees!! Save the Lime save Bees, save our Landscape! YorkyBarKid
  • Score: 0

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