Tree resists latest bid to have it cut down

A 100-year-old tree, considered a menace by church officials, has survived the latest attempt to get it cut down.

An application for planning permission to fell the Italian black poplar outside mediaeval Holy Trinity Church in Hull was refused at a meeting of Hull Council’s planning committee yesterday.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

The towering specimen, which was pollarded decades ago, has disturbed centuries-old gravestones laid flat in the 1970s and officials fear it could be undermining the church’s foundations.

Churchwarden Tim Wilson said: “We are very disappointed, we are doing our upmost for the survival of what is the civic church. The city should be proud of the fact it has such a magnificent piece of English architecture - it should not be masked by a tree that has outgrown its usefulness.”

Meanwhile City of York Council is appealing for information after three trees, valued at more than £25,000, were felled in Clarence Gardens, after the gates were locked last Saturday night.