Healthy and safety regulations threaten Lancaster trees

Seven Lancaster limes trees could get pulled down due to health and safety concerns

Lancaster residents have signed a petition to save seven lime trees in the town’s Market Square, after it was announced that Lancaster city councillors were discussing the possibility of pulling them down.

More than 1,700 people have signed their name to the “Save The Lancaster Limes” petition and one passionate woman heroically chained herself to one of the trees during a demonstration held in the Market Square on Saturday, January 16.

Councillors believe the trees pose a potential health and safety risk, as the the 40-year-old trees attract aphids (a plant lice), which secrete a liquid called honeydew. Councillors claims that this sticky substance is making its way to the surface that surrounds the limes and is causing it to become slippery during rainy weather.

Health and safety threatens Lancaster lime trees

Lancaster Market Square

But many Lancaster residents deplore the idea of tearing down the trees – including the Major Jon Barry – and say that the pavement around the trees is always slippy in wet weather anyway and that the council are using this simply as an excuse to replace the lime trees with something new.

Due to the number of complaints, Lancaster City Council has decided to postpone the meeting which was to decide the fate of the seven trees, and will now convene on February 3 at Morecambe Town Hall, where the issue will be debated.

The Lancaster lady who initiated the petition, Cherry Canovan, commented: “I and the other campaigners now hope that our local councillors will listen to the electorate and save the Market Square limes.”

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