Hugo Headon of H & H Prestige Homes recently bought Crantock on West Hill Road, near the war memorial.

But there are two ancient oaks inconveniently growing on either side of the access, which may have to be widened if another house/houses were built in the back garden.

Unfortunately, the trees were not subject to a preservation order.

I received a phone call from a resident at around 7.30am on Thursday (4 Oct) morning, worried about chainsaw noises coming from Crantock.

I rang one of EDDC’s tree officers and following a visit that morning, where he met and spoke with Mr Headon on site, it became apparent that the two very old oak trees had been fatally and deliberately damaged.

A large number of trees in the back garden have also been fatally damaged or felled, including several mature native species.

It is really incomprehensible how someone can do this.

Only six months ago, four mature oaks were felled at Cornercroft in Elsdon Lane – see https://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/two_mature_oaks_felled_and_two_more_at_risk_in_west_hill/

Shortly afterwards a planning application arrived for three dwellings.  This is awaiting determination. I have objected on the grounds that a large amount of hedgebank is proposed to be removed and there is threat to the newly imposed tree preservation orders on the remaining oaks.

The pressure on trees right now is unprecedented. They are more at risk from disease, climate change and development than they have ever been. People who care are working really hard to try and protect our precious native trees and help them become more resilient to disease … and then there are philistines. Words fail me.

More must be done to protect our trees and I am on the case….watch this space for updates.

Photograph:  Soon to be felled. The two previously perfectly healthy ancient oaks at Crantock, West Hill Road.