ONLY the quick thinking of a local resident saved a line of mature trees in Longridge from being axed without permission on Monday.
When Peter Forrest saw two tree surgeon company vehicles pull up on the lane and heard chainsaws revving up, he immediately phoned Ribble Valley planning and tree officers.
Peter - from Dilworth Court and neighbour to the property where the trees are - also went out and told the workmen involved to stop, as he thought there were preservation orders on the trees and he knew they were part of a planning application not yet determined.
“They had made one gash in one tree but not a second vertical one which would have necessitated it coming down,” said Mr Forrest.
The borough officers, planner Graeme Thorpe and tree expert David Hewitt, were on the scene within the hour, put a stop on the felling by Treestyle Arboriculture from Manchester and Valley Tree Care from Bolton, and put temporary preservation orders on all the trees as, they said, none were in existence.
The trees destined to be felled on Monday- a lime, a sycamores and a chestnut - are part of the avenue
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