Oak overlooking Ludlow felled despite local objections

An oak tree on Whitcliffe Common overlooking Ludlow, Shropshire has finally been felled this week after months of local wrangling.

Image: John Chapman / Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Image: John Chapman / Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

The Friends of Whitcliffe Common group, which maintains the site, said in a statement:

"The one oak tree on Whitcliffe, agreed for removal by Shropshire Wildlife Trust, following public consultation and Shropshire Council Planning approval, has been taken down. From the top of the Common, overlooking the town, the view line has improved. Full cost of this work has been met by two anonymous supporters. No FOWC funds will be spent."

It added: "The Trustees, for both Friends of Whitcliffe Common and Shropshire Wildlife Trust are very aware that taking down an immature, healthy oak tree is an emotive issue. They respect all the differing views and opinions, realise the decision will not please everyone and thank those giving support."

Maintaining the famous view towards the town and castle has been a part of the common's management plan since 1998.

But the decision sparked protests from Ludlow Town Council and the town's three elected members on Shropshire Council, while a petition to stop the felling gained more than 100 signatures.

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