CUBBINGTON’S 250-year-old pear tree is reportedly currently being felled to make way for HS2.
Protestors have uploaded footage to social media of work being done by a digger close to the award-winning tree.
Campaigners from Cubbington Action Group Against HS2 called on residents to meet them at the Rugby Road compound to protest.
And fellow group Save Cubbington Woods Stop HS2 said: “Today is a historic day. HS2 has begun felling the iconic Cubbington pear tree. A tree much loved by the local community. A familiar place for walkers to take shelter from wind, rain and sun. Part of our heritage and landscape. England Tree of the year 2015. A home for precious biodiversity. It has also become symbolic with much of the stop HS2 campaign and representative of all that we ‘fight’ and peacefully protest for not just stopping the ill-conceived madness of HS2 but the destruction of our wild spaces, our natural world all adding to the climate and ecological crisis.
“Millions of years of history heritage, landscape and biodiversity are being lost in minutes by man and machine. For anyone thinking it’s just a tree, it’s much more than that and symbolic of much of what is wrong with this world today and this seemingly relentless path of destruction we are currently on.”
Warwick and Leamington MP Matt Western said it was a ‘sad day’ for the area.
He told the Observer: “I’ve been campaigning to save this tree for a while. This is a sad day for our local area and our beautiful natural environment. HS2 Ltd has much to answer for. I will continue to pursue this to ensure we get answers.”
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