The excuses made by these council officials for getting rid of the trees are lamentable. Reasons vary from the 'excessive attention a tree needs' to 'management difficulties'. However, if these philistines win we may have cities full of cherry trees.
Plane, elm, ash and chestnut have been part of city life throughout Europe over the past 200 years. We must act now to protect them, for some councils have already started removing the grand old trees.