Irton stump is dumped

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THE IRTON tree’s stump will not be returned to the village.

Some Irton residents had asked the county council for the stump back so that it could be transformed into a memorial to the tree, which was controversially cut down earlier this month.

However, when the tree was being felled, several representatives of the campaign to save it openly said they did not want the stump back.

A county council spokesman said: “We sought to carry out the wishes of the local community on the subject of what to do with the tree once it had been felled.

He added: “Following discussions with the vice chairman of the parish council and the parish clerk we believed the parish council no longer wanted part of the tree for a memorial and so the remnants of the tree were removed and disposed of in the standard way.”