Sidmouth is fast becoming town of tree stumps
SIR I am mortified by the continuing destruction of some of Sidmouth's finest trees, which is occurring with increasing regularity.
SIR - I am mortified by the continuing destruction of some of Sidmouth's finest trees, which is occurring with increasing regularity. Most of these trees are relics of the Victorian era, and have survived unscathed through hurricanes and droughts, only to be felled by the chainsaw, well before they have reached their natural decline.There have been many fine specimens destroyed in such a manner. The most recent is that of the two magnificent evergreens in the former Cedar Shade, but sadly there have been many more. It seems the common denominator is always the greed of the developers and the lack of regulation in preserving these trees by the local council. Most European countries go to extreme lengths to preserve and maintain their fine trees but this sentiment seems to be entirely lacking in the UK and indeed locally. The town will soon be renowned for its collection of trees stumps and plethora of housing developments.Dr Duncan Hallvia email