Ancient oak to be felled in Somerset despite local campaign

A 200-year-old oak tree in Somerset is to be felled following a council decision that it is too dangerous to leave standing.

The Lucombe Oak in Crewkerne has a fungus on its roots and the town council decided last week it must be chopped down.

Local environmentalists launched a campaign to save the tree but the council decided it must be felled after receiving a warning from its insurer Norwich Union.

Norwich Union said the council would be liable for injuries caused if the tree fell.

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