Berkhamsted campaigners are rejoicing after successfully saving a tree from being felled.
On January 3, Dacorum Borough Council approved plans to cut down the large mature poplar tree outside the Crystal Palace pub on Station Road.
Distraught residents have pleaded with joint venture partners, Punch Pubs and Co. and Big Smoke, not to go ahead with the felling.
Punch Pubs subsequently released a statement on January 11, reassuring residents that the tree will not be felled and pollarding works will be carried out instead.
The statement reads: “Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to write to protect the poplar tree next to the Crystal Palace pub.
“I would like to reassure you that our core concern regarding the tree has always been health and safety. More recently, we have been concerned about the damage the tree’s roots have made to the surrounding grounds.”
Punch Pubs revealed that many companies had declined the pollarding job as “the tree is on a narrow but busy road, approaching the train station and near the rail tracks”. However, they have now successfully commissioned a reputable contractor to tackle the job.
They said: “Nurturing the environment is a primary concern for our company. We will monitor the situation once the work is complete to ensure that this remains the best conclusion for all concerned. We hope this shows our commitment to supporting the local community and your environment.”