Haslingden residents fight to save 100-year-old conker tree

Lancashire Telegraph: EARMARKED The tree EARMARKED The tree

RESIDENTS in a Rossendale village are fighting to save a 100-year-old tree, planned to be felled to make way for a new housing development.

More than 750 residents in Helmshore have joined a special page entitled ‘Save our Horse Chestnut Tree’ on social networking website Facebook.

The tree is on the site of the former Airtours warehouse, in Holcombe Road, where developers Taylor Wimpey have secured planning permission to build 74 houses.

The developers who are also planning to develop the former Rossendale Hospital site in Rawtenstall plan to build a mix of two, three and four bedroom houses, and two bedroom flats, with 119 parking spaces.

Resident and campaigner Ann Hodgkiss, of Holcombe Road, Helmshore said: “There is a tremendous strength of feeling about this tree. It has been there for at least 100 years and it can be clearly seen in old pictures of the site in history books.

“Mature trees like this give Helmshore its character.

“Hundreds of people in the village want to save this tree.

“Since Taylor Wimpey have been on site they have felled dozens of trees.

We want them to reconsider and allow the village to keep this beautiful Horse Chestnut tree which obviously means such a lot.”

There have been seve-ral unsuccessful redevelopment bids since the travel company left in 2003.

In 2004, the site was temporarily transformed into a travellers’ camp and travellers returned in April 2005, only to be moved on by police.

Taylor Wimpey secured planning permission from Rossendale Council on March 19, after they appealed an earlier decision to turn down the application.

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5:35pm Thu 26 Apr 12

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

What a lovely tree just like the ones I used to draw at junior school, sadly they are all gone now.
What a lovely tree just like the ones I used to draw at junior school, sadly they are all gone now. Michael@ClitheroeSince58

5:36pm Thu 26 Apr 12

Rossyboy says...

Just what Helmshore needs - even more vehicles moving to and from the Edenfield bypass and M66 in peak times.
ps save the tree!
Just what Helmshore needs - even more vehicles moving to and from the Edenfield bypass and M66 in peak times. ps save the tree! Rossyboy

6:32pm Thu 26 Apr 12

bluethroughandthrough says...

still sad and upset and can't believe lancashire county council withdrew its objections to this development
still sad and upset and can't believe lancashire county council withdrew its objections to this development bluethroughandthrough

9:31pm Thu 26 Apr 12

happycyclist says...

It's still a baby according to this estimate on a tree-specialist website:
http://hellis.biz/ho
w_long_do_trees_live
.aspx
It's still a baby according to this estimate on a tree-specialist website: http://hellis.biz/ho w_long_do_trees_live .aspx happycyclist

10:11pm Thu 26 Apr 12

RossendaleBB4 says...

It is such a shame that councils repeatedly ignore residents, those who actually put our councils in power. What makes it worse is that this looks like residents were successful but have a council with no morals that changed its mind with no residential consultation. In the words of Pink loyd...MONEY! Do your bit Rossendale council SAVE THIS TREE - do something at least to make this better. Shame you cannot revert your permission & make the developer change its plans.
It is such a shame that councils repeatedly ignore residents, those who actually put our councils in power. What makes it worse is that this looks like residents were successful but have a council with no morals that changed its mind with no residential consultation. In the words of Pink loyd...MONEY! Do your bit Rossendale council SAVE THIS TREE - do something at least to make this better. Shame you cannot revert your permission & make the developer change its plans. RossendaleBB4

12:52am Fri 27 Apr 12

bluethroughandthrough says...

i can't beleive this was rejected by our local council just for some beuracrat down south to stick two fingers up to us, and this was before the government scrapped all the plaaning laws!
i can't beleive this was rejected by our local council just for some beuracrat down south to stick two fingers up to us, and this was before the government scrapped all the plaaning laws! bluethroughandthrough

11:29am Sat 28 Apr 12

Lifeinthemix says...

top tree, good luck all of you...
top tree, good luck all of you... Lifeinthemix

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