Gellifor Oak tree given emergency Tree Preservation Order


Stephanie Price

A 200-year-old Gellifor oak tree that was under threat has been saved thanks to a new emergency six month Tree Preservation Order.

Residents have been campaigning to save the tree that was earmarked to be cut down as part of a planning application which had been submitted for a detatched dwelling to be built on the land adjoining Glasfryn. The preservation order is an emergency six month order.

Leading campaigner to save the tree, Brian McGinty, said: “As a community we were quite appalled when we heard of this plan. The children here respect their environment and won’t watch their 200-year-old oak tree be cut down.

“The Vale of Clwyd landscape is special and should be preserved for future generations to see and enjoy – this is grade one farm land, it should not be developed on. We might need it to feed ourselves in the future.

“The protection order now means that no vehicles can be parked and no materials can be stored under the canopy of the tree, which covers the whole of the site.”

A spokesman for Denbighshire County Council said: “The oak tree has been covered by an emergency Tree Preservation Order which runs for six months. After the six months the council will decide whether to make the order permanent.”

County councillor for Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd and Llangynhafal, Huw Williams, said: “This land was in the Local Development Plan back in 2013, which I didn't support, and the planing appication in now is to build a dwelling on the site and demolish this oak tree which is two or three hundred years old.

“There has been a temporary tree preservation order put on it, and because I sit on planning that's about all I can say.

“But I'm really concerned about cutting down a beautiful old oak tree."

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