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It has been reported today (Tuesday 20 October), that the 200-year old pear tree in Cubbington Wood, Warwickshire has been felled to make way for HS2, despite strong opposition from local residents.
Matt Western, the MP for Warwick and Leamington, has previously campaigned to save the tree from destruction, following strong representations from concerned constituents. He wrote to the Transport Secretary earlier this year to note that a nearby golf course in Kenilworth was to be part-cleared to make way for HS2, until the line was re-routed to save the 18th hole. Mr Western asked why that the pear tree could not be saved, but the golf course could.
Responding to the news, Mr Western said:
“I’ve been campaigning to save this tree for a while; this is a sad day for our local area and our beautiful natural environment. HS2 Ltd has much to answer for, including why the 18th hole on a golf course could be saved but this wonderous pear tree could not.
“I will continue to pursue this to ensure we get answers.”