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Sadness over pub tree felling in Ollerton
OLLERTON residents have slammed owners of the only pub in the village for the ‘unnecessary destruction’ of two old trees on its property.
Robinsons Brewery, which owns the Dun Cow, felled two large trees on the Chelford Road site as part of the pub’s refurbishment.
However, residents and parish councillors have said they are ‘appalled’ and ‘disappointed’ at Robinsons’ decision and have criticised the brewery for keeping them in the dark about the felling.
John McKenna, from Moss Farm, said: “It seems terribly sad when a brewery picks a country pub and just destroy these things. I found it absolutely staggering.”
The trees previously stood at the front of the pub and to the side by the carpark. The tree at the side of the pub, an acer, was planted by Caldwell and Sons plant nursery in 1947.
“It was the most beautiful tree, so wonderful. If I had bought the pub I would have wanted to preserve it,” John added.
A spokesman for Robinsons Brewery said that the tree at the front of the property was felled on the recommendation of a tree surgeon.
The spokesman added: “Upon visiting, the tree surgeon identified that the tree was dead and in fact hollow throughout and being so close to such a busy main road they advised that even though it was a nice feature it should be removed for safety reasons before it fell down.”
However, critics have said that the reason given by Robinsons does not excuse their actions as the acer was also felled despite appearing healthy.
Clr Robert Weston, Chairman of the Ollerton with Marthall Parish Council, said: “They are entitled to do it; however, it’s very disappointing for local residents to have nice trees cut down.
“We would have thought they would want to get customers’ advice but they didn’t think to tell us.
“If the old tree had to come down because it was dying then the villagers would have been interested in planting a new one.”
The Dun Cow reopened for business on October 16.
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