New plan in fight to save trees

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CAMPAIGNERS who fought to save Irton’s beech tree have taken on another battle.

The Irton Tree Foundation group have started a project to reduce the spread of a horse chestnut leaf mining moth infesting trees across Scarborough.

Their first task has been to help trees in the Stepney area, with Scarborough Council providing bags and disposing of leaves.

Organiser Becki Gawthorpe said: “The rapid expansion of the leaf mining moth is spread via vehicles and although many are still showing a magnificent Autumnal colour with no visible signs of infestation, the Irton Tree Foundation felt prevention is cheaper than the cure, especially when the cure may be the loss of the trees.”

“The group will be focusing their attempts closer to home with a clean up set for Irton and Seamer Horse Chestnuts.”