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Date: Mon, 08 Oct 2001 11:10:34 +0100 (BST)

Oswestry Oak tree under threat from Barrat Homes (North Shropshire)

Part of a site designated for development to build executive housing contains an old oak tree which is home to colony of wild bees. Because this tree has a lot of dead wood Barrats want to destroy it because of health and safety wheras it is the most biodiverse organism on the whole site. Most other trees on this site have been protected by tree preservation orders. Wild bees have no legal protection under planning law or wildlife law.

English Nature seem powerless to protect this tree. Shropshire County Council's tree Officer suggested in jest that the only way to protect this tree would be by direct action.

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