Wellington branch of the Royal British Legion are asking for the support of the town council in their campaign to fell a cyprus tree that they claim “towers above the adjoining war memorial and limits places where people can stand to participate in remembrance ceremonies.”
“At no time was the Legion consulted on the plans when the tree was planted 17 years ago and the practical effect is that it obscures 45% of the Memorial. it has grown so much that it is now only 8ft from the Memorial and two-anda-half times its height,” said RBL president Michael Rose.
The Legion’s wishes have met with a refusal from the Taunton Deane parks department, who own and manage the park. The Arboriculture Manager believes it provides a welcome green structure in the winter months when other trees are bare.
Town clerk Greg Dyke was obliged to tell Mr Rose that the town council has no jurisdiction or control over the park.