Campaigners fail in bid to stop 250-year-old tree being chopped down

Campaigners fail in bid to stop 250-year-old tree being chopped down

Branches are cut off a tree at the site of the new Aldi supermarket in Silsden shortly before it was felled

Branches are cut off a tree at the site of the new Aldi supermarket in Silsden shortly before it was felled

Branches are cut off a tree at the site of the new Aldi supermarket in Silsden shortly before it was felled

Ecology Building Society ethics officer Anna Laycock takes pictures of the Aldi building site

Ecology Building Society chief executive Paul Ellis beside the tree, shortly before it was chopped down

Ecology Building Society chief executive Paul Ellis beside the tree, shortly before it was chopped down

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Aire/Worth Valley Reporter

THE LIFE of a magnificent 250-year-old tree on the site of Aldi's new Silsden store ended ingloriously yesterday as it was felled by chainsaws in less than five minutes.

Staff at the Ecology Building Society had battled to save the 35m tall lime tree which overhung its property after learning too late that the food retail giant had full permission from Bradford Council to chop it down.

An earlier tree preservation order had been revoked to enable Aldi to clear the site off Keighley Road and re-landscape areas surrounding its new store.

Removal of the tree was dependent on there being no council objection to final landscaping plans.

And when that deadline passed yesterday, contractors moved in with chainsaws, said EBS Ethics Manager Anna Laycock.

"It's been such a sad day - when the tree came down the noise was terrible, like a scream," Miss Laycock said.

She and other workers have organised on-line campaigns through social media to try and persuade Aldi to change its plan, but no comment or response has been forthcoming.

"We had a huge amount of support from members of the public, but not a word from Aldi despite attempts to contact them," she said.

Aldi haS also not issued any media statements on the removal of the lime tree.

However, Bradford Council did confirm that planning permission had been granted as part of the overall approval for the new store.

Miss Laycock, recalling how the day's events unfolded, said: "As I arrived workmen had already started taking off some of the big lower boughs on the Aldi side of the wall.

"We asked them to stop and made more calls to the council and the Aldi workers said they had received an email confirming they had permission.

"Then at 1.42 a man with chainsaw just stepped up to the tree, made a few cuts during less than five minutes and then stood clear.

"And then suddenly it just collapsed in seconds onto the Aldi site.

"Now that beautiful tree is being chopped up and turned into chippings - we did all we could to save it and it's such an undignified end," said Miss Laycock.

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8:54am Wed 27 Aug 14

llos25 says...

Its a Lime tree these grow at an alarming rate and are probably in the same class as sycamore.The answer to the problem is to plant two somewhere else I will bet more people visit Aldi then visited this tree..
Its a Lime tree these grow at an alarming rate and are probably in the same class as sycamore.The answer to the problem is to plant two somewhere else I will bet more people visit Aldi then visited this tree.. llos25
  • Score: -1

9:00am Wed 27 Aug 14

wolfspeak says...

If the tree was in Bradford itself I guarantee it would have survived.
We all know there's one rule for the inner City and another for the outlying districts. They take our money and give nothing back.
If the tree was in Bradford itself I guarantee it would have survived. We all know there's one rule for the inner City and another for the outlying districts. They take our money and give nothing back. wolfspeak
  • Score: -2

10:02am Wed 27 Aug 14

BigFigure says...

"we did all we could to save it"....er,no
"we did all we could to save it"....er,no BigFigure
  • Score: -2

10:49am Wed 27 Aug 14

Albion. says...

Sense prevails.
Sense prevails. Albion.
  • Score: -7

12:59pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Robin of Loxley says...

Absolutely disgusting.
Absolutely disgusting. Robin of Loxley
  • Score: 3

1:02pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Jimmyboogalooo says...

'We did all we could to protect it'.

Apart from object to it formally within the specified timeframe.

If they liked it so much they would also have chained themselves to it like new age travellers used to do, or live in a tree house in it and wait for the bailiffs.

I would like to know exactly what 'all we could do' entailed as it doesnt seem a great deal.
'We did all we could to protect it'. Apart from object to it formally within the specified timeframe. If they liked it so much they would also have chained themselves to it like new age travellers used to do, or live in a tree house in it and wait for the bailiffs. I would like to know exactly what 'all we could do' entailed as it doesnt seem a great deal. Jimmyboogalooo
  • Score: -1

3:23pm Wed 27 Aug 14

wolfspeak says...

I suspect the 3 local councillors were in league with Aldi, their silence is deafening......again
, they are selling Silsden to the dogs.
I suspect the 3 local councillors were in league with Aldi, their silence is deafening......again , they are selling Silsden to the dogs. wolfspeak
  • Score: 3

6:00pm Wed 27 Aug 14

llos25 says...

A lime tree in my garden in Bradford grew to 40ft in 10 years I very much doubt if this older than 20 years people have very poor memories
A lime tree in my garden in Bradford grew to 40ft in 10 years I very much doubt if this older than 20 years people have very poor memories llos25
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6:21pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Scotyke says...

Disgraceful! Bradford's Aldi have now lost two customers. I suppose most people will forget their behaviour - or am I wrong good, fellow folk of Yorkshire?
Disgraceful! Bradford's Aldi have now lost two customers. I suppose most people will forget their behaviour - or am I wrong good, fellow folk of Yorkshire? Scotyke
  • Score: 0

8:01pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Not so simple says...

Seems to be an act of self promotion for the never heard of Ecology summat society.

Some people and businesses will do and support anything to get their names in the paper

Well done Aldi for not backing down.
Seems to be an act of self promotion for the never heard of Ecology summat society. Some people and businesses will do and support anything to get their names in the paper Well done Aldi for not backing down. Not so simple
  • Score: 0

8:09pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Scotyke says...

Not so simple wrote:
Seems to be an act of self promotion for the never heard of Ecology summat society.

Some people and businesses will do and support anything to get their names in the paper

Well done Aldi for not backing down.
Yes, Not so, some people will!
[quote][p][bold]Not so simple[/bold] wrote: Seems to be an act of self promotion for the never heard of Ecology summat society. Some people and businesses will do and support anything to get their names in the paper Well done Aldi for not backing down.[/p][/quote]Yes, Not so, some people will! Scotyke
  • Score: 0

10:59pm Wed 27 Aug 14

wigwambam says...

I don't think the usual numpties quite grasp the bigger picture we need large trees like this to soak up ground water along with green spaces, the more we cut down and rip up and pour on the concrete the more flooding.
I don't think the usual numpties quite grasp the bigger picture we need large trees like this to soak up ground water along with green spaces, the more we cut down and rip up and pour on the concrete the more flooding. wigwambam
  • Score: 1

6:59am Thu 28 Aug 14

cheesemeister says...

Less trees = more flooding, so does this mean that the new Aldi store will flood, if so good, crap produce anyway, and for those who shop there i bet you spend your hard earned money on sky tv, bet you have the latest xbox and games etc...., spend money on good food and fresh food, you will find in the long run it is cheaper but so much better for you,
Less trees = more flooding, so does this mean that the new Aldi store will flood, if so good, crap produce anyway, and for those who shop there i bet you spend your hard earned money on sky tv, bet you have the latest xbox and games etc...., spend money on good food and fresh food, you will find in the long run it is cheaper but so much better for you, cheesemeister
  • Score: -1

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