Reprieve for yews that blocked view of church clock

A Lincolnshire local authority has rejected a church's bid to cut back six mature yew trees in its grounds.

All Saints Church, Wragby
All Saints Church, Wragby

The Rev Mark Holden, rector of All Saints Church, Wragby, applied to reduce the 10m-high trees to 2m, saying they had reached an unmanageable height, were overshadowing the Grade II listed church, and blocking the view of its clock - a view supported by the parish council and the parochial church council.

But East Lindsey District Council tree officer Robert Taylor imposed a provisional tree preservation order, subsequently approved by the planning committee.

His report described the trees as "healthy specimens in good overall condition, believed to date from around 1839, when the church was built", and described the proposed works as "excessive and unjustified, harmful to their health and also to the amenity they provide".

Supporting Taylor, local councillor Tom Ashton said: "It would be a terrible shame to prune these yews so that they become little more than bushes."

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