Save Haddiscoe Churchyard Holly trees

Save Haddiscoe Churchyard Holly trees

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Wendy Alford started this petition to The Church of England Diocese of Norwich

These iconic trees are under threat of felling for having the audacity to grow close to old graves. Haddiscoe Parochial Church Council recently decided by majority vote to apply for a faculty from the Norwich Diocese to cut down the trees on the basis that their roots are damaging gravestones and causing soil subsidence. We believe that, with minimal maintenance they represent no danger to the public and whilst the graves, which are over 200 years old, have over the years, cracked and moved, this will not be altered by the felling of the trees. These trees contribute enormously to biodiversity and wildlife habitat protection, so central an issue for the current times: the Norfolk Wildlife Trust has pledged support for their retention They also provide welcome shade for visitors and wildlife, a beautiful serene and tranquil place for contemplation and meditation and are an attractive and traditional feature in an old English Churchyard. We therefore beg the Church of England Diocese to refuse to grant the faculty and allow these valuable trees to remain for future generations to enjoy.

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