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  • Morris Dancers hope to take tree-saving campaign a step in the right direction

    Danielle Thompson

    THE campaign to save Formby's iconic horse chestnuts took a musical turn at the weekend – when a troupe of Morris Dancers held an eye-catching performance around one of them!

    Last week, the Champion revealed that a peaceful protest had been held earlier this month to highlight a campaign to save two of Formby's ‘iconic’ trees – which the parish council says are set to be cut down despite ‘proof'’ that they are safe.

    The Morris Dancers held an impromptu display on Sunday, September 15 and footage of this was uploaded to the campaign group's page on social media site Facebook, Save Our Formby Village Trees, which has now got more than 600 members following it.

    The last two of the five large much-loved 100 year old Chapel Lane horse chestnut trees were set to be felled after Sefton Council identified them as dying and in need of removal on public safety grounds. Work to axe the trees outside Cassidy's greengrocers and Boots, is due to take place this autumn.

    In February, Formby Parish Council hired an independent body, BHA Trees Ltd, whose aboriculturalist report revealed that four out of the five trees didn't need to be axed.

    Earlier this year, three of the five, plus another, smaller tree, were chopped down - and now the parish council have re-started their campaign to save the final two.

    There are now 3,000 signatures on their Save Our Formby Trees petition calling on Sefton Council not to cut down the final two.

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