Clowne memorial tree bid gathers support

Residents are angry that the council want to remove memorial trees at Clowne Cemetery, Ross Walker is pictured centre with the tree dedicated to his Grandfather with his Mother Mary Walker and Uncle Keith Taylor
Residents are angry that the council want to remove memorial trees at Clowne Cemetery, Ross Walker is pictured centre with the tree dedicated to his Grandfather with his Mother Mary Walker and Uncle Keith Taylor
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A devoted Clowne grandson has won the support of 450 people for his campaign to save the tree that was planted in memory of his grandfather.

The maple tree, which is situated in Clowne cemetery, is due to be cut down by the parish council which says that ten of the trees in the cemetery are health and safety risks because of their proximity to a nearby property.

However, Ross Walker, says he has not seen any evidence that the trees are causing damage or are a health and safety risk. One of the trees was planted in memory of his grandfather.

He said: “I know I am biased but I am very emotional about this. I just can’t see why they are chopping them down.

“People are really upset about it. It is absolutely stunningly beautiful up there.”

“I am trying to be as straight as I can with them but the parish council are just not answering to anybody, giving excuses and answering questions with questions.”

Ross says he has put in three Freedom of Information requests and attended council meetings only to be informed that the decision has already been made.

He said: “If I see proof that the tree is causing damage to someone’s property then I will chop it down myself.”

Brian Watson, of the Clowne Cemetery Burial Committee, confirmed the committee was waiting for a price for the work and that a final decision would be made at a meeting planned for January 18, to which interested parties would be invited.