New group Battle for Trees rallies to protect local trees in Battle

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A new community group, Battle for Trees, has been established in the town of Battle, aiming to protect, educate, and increase the number of trees in the area.

Founded by local resident Pauline Murphy, the group has gained substantial support from the community, united by a shared passion for the preservation of their green Heritage. Battle for Trees will be working closely with Battle Town Council.

The catalyst for the formation of Battle for Trees was the recent and controversial destruction of an ancient oak tree, affectionately named "Ollie the Oak," located on North Trade Road. This loss has deeply affected the community, spurring a collective determination to safeguard other trees from a similar fate.

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“Ollie was not just a tree; he was a symbol of our connection to nature and our local history,” said Pauline Murphy. “The removal of such a significant tree has left a void in our environment and our hearts. Our group aims to ensure that no other trees suffer the same fate.”

Before & After the Destruction of a Three Hundred Old TreeBefore & After the Destruction of a Three Hundred Old Tree
Before & After the Destruction of a Three Hundred Old Tree

The group’s initiatives include organising educational programs to raise awareness about the importance of trees, promoting the planting of new trees, and advocating for the protection of existing ones. They plan to work closely with Battle Town Council to influence policies that favour environmental conservation and tree preservation.

The community’s response to the formation of Battle for Trees has been overwhelmingly positive, with many residents eager to participate in upcoming events and activities aimed at restoring and maintaining Battle’s natural beauty.

For more information about Battle for Trees and their initiatives, please contact Pauline Murphy at [email protected]

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