September 27th, 2016

Bid to save ‘Bromsgrove’s Beckham tree’ from the chop

Bid to save ‘Bromsgrove’s Beckham tree’ from the chop Bid to save ‘Bromsgrove’s Beckham tree’ from the chop
Updated: 10:48 am, May 07, 2015

PLANS to chop down a Bromsgrove tree should be thrown out because one of David Beckham’s sons used to play on it, a campaigner has claimed.

A decision will be made on whether the Wellingtonia tree on land at Grange Park, in Lickey End, will be made subject to a Tree Preservation Order on Monday (March 2) at the latest Bromsgrove District Council Planning Committee meeting.

A number of people have supported the application which blocks the owner of the land, off Lord Austin Drive, from cutting down a number of trees.

One campaigner claimed the historical significance of the Wellington tree saying it probably dated back to when Lord Austin owned the land himself, if not longer.

And, in more recent times David Beckham’s sons had played on a swing hanging from one tree, making it part of their own ‘little estate history’.

In the application documents one resident said: “This tree brings delight and pleasure to many of us near neighbours and we would sorely miss it if it disappeared from the landscape.”

The owner of the land said it was his right under paragraph nine of the guide to protected trees document to object and appeal against the decision to grant a protection order.

In the report, it was described by a tree officer as being a tree of very high quality that was in very good condition.

Council officers have recommended the application for approval.

The Standard tried to contact David Beckham, affectionately known as Golden Balls, but no one had got back to us at the time of going to press.