Lost forever

PUBLISHED: 11:19 20 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:05 06 May 2010

SIR, — Re the cherry trees of East Common, Harpenden. Lovliest of Trees, the Cherry now Is hung with blooms along the bough, And stands about the woodland ride Wearing white for Eastertide. (A.E Housman — A Shropshire Lad) All but one of the cherry tree

SIR, - Re the cherry trees of East Common, Harpenden.

"Lovliest of Trees, the Cherry now

Is hung with blooms along the bough,

And stands about the woodland ride

Wearing white for Eastertide."

(A.E Housman - A Shropshire Lad)

All but one of the cherry trees which were on this part of East Common in January this year will not wear white for Eastertide this year or in any future year. They have been cut down in an appalling act of wilful destruction, of which no prior notice was given, on the orders of Harpenden Town Council.

The only cherry tree still standing was saved at the last minute in contravention of the instructions the council had given.

All that remains of the rest are some ugly stumps. We who live here shall never again enjoy the spring blossom of those cherry trees or their beautiful autumn colours as we have done for many years.

JOHN and ROSALIND DRYSDALE,

East Common, Harpenden.

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