Request To Trim Distinctive Shaftesbury Tree Divides Opinion

A silver birch tree on Frenchmill Lane has grown taller than the couple who planted it had expected.

They say they’re worried it could damage their home in strong winds.

Dorset Council has placed a Tree Preservation Order on the tree, which prevents the owners from carrying out the pruning work they wish to.

Rhonda and Harvey Woolfe

Listen to our interview at 1:00 to hear the council’s reason for this protection and why Shaftesbury Tree Group supports the authority and does not want the tree trimmed.