‘Magnificent’ lime trees are here to stay

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Residents in Great Cornard have stood up to developers and saved two ‘magnificent’ trees from the chop.

A couple decided to take action last week after hearing two lime trees in Bures Road, Great Cornard, were to be cut down by developers who have been given outline planning permission for 110 homes at the former Guildford Europe site.

Joan Toms and her husband Allen, who live in Bures Road, contacted officers at Babergh District Council, who then placed a Tree Protection Order (TPO) on them both.

“In the end the people at Babergh were very good,” she said.

“They said they were important trees and they needed saving.

“They are two magnificent lime trees that were going to be cut down just for two houses.”

The TPO will last for six months in which time the council will apply to make the order permanent.

A Babergh spokeswoman said: “The contractors have four weeks to appeal these TPOs, if they do we produce a report and this goes before committee to make a decision.”

Mrs Toms is unhappy about the possible loss of trees from the area, she said: “The developers have changed their plans to get more houses. It shouldn’t be, we have got to preserve the trees we have.”

The couple are openly in support of the development, but have raised concerns over the future of a number of trees they fear face the chop, including a 19 -metre acacia tree which was not included in a survey by the developers, Keepmoat.

However, the Babergh spokeswoman said the tree in question was in “poor condition and in decline” so it was decided not to put a TPO on it.

Mr Toms is particularly concerned about changes to the junction from Radiator Road to Bures Road, which he says, if narrowed, would be dangerous. He said: “I’m sure the development would be a welcome addition with some good housing there, but they are doing it in the wrong way.”