Mr Beauchamp Pell with the old oak tree. Woodman Woodman spare that tree
Woodman_ Woodman spare that TreeUnfortunately there was no chance, and the Wilburton mighty oak is soon going to feel the edge of the woodman’s axe .Reputedly planted by King Henry VII when he visited the village about 500 years ago the tree is a danger to the public and that is why it has to go. But for Mr Beauchamp Pell whose land near village centre where the oak stands the villages of Wilburton it will be like losing a friend. Mr Pell of the old Rectory has spent considerable time & effort and money in trying to save the tree some years ago he had the tree tied with wire and has kept it clear of dead wood, but old age has finally crept up with the mighty oak .A deterioration of the tree has set in caused by stripping the bark and decay, said Mr Noel McNamara the trees and woodlands officer from East Cambridge District Council ,The tree has had a good run for his money but is it is very regrettable that the tree will be coming down unfortunately if there was a storm a branch could come down and the result might be fatal to someone ,had the tree been in any other position then I would have done all I could have to save it. Mr Pell said the oak was part of local history since it was would believe it was planted by Henry VII when he visited to the area with his son and then Prince of Wales.
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