Protesters’ human barrier stops council tree cutters

Pictured are Barlborough residents Thomas Glazier, Steve Riley, Bridget Ingle and Purnima and young Francesca Greenwood on Slayley Lane during a protest to preserve trees.

Pictured are Barlborough residents Thomas Glazier, Steve Riley, Bridget Ingle and Purnima and young Francesca Greenwood on Slayley Lane during a protest to preserve trees.

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Protesters formed a human barrier on a wood shredder in an attempt to stop council workmen cutting the tops off a line of trees.

The trees on Slayley View Road, Barlborough, had been earmarked for a reduction by Bolsover District Council but residents were determined to preserve the leylandii trees amidst claims they provide vital privacy between nearby properties.

Campaigner Bridget Ingle, of Slayley View Road, said: “The lie of the land falls away with higher properties on one side of the road looking down through the windows of properties on the other lower side but the height of the trees provides privacy. Without the trees pedestrians can also see into people’s homes from the pavement.

 

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