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Work begins to fell the beech tree, as a tearful Vikki Welsh watches on helplessly
Work begins to fell the beech tree, as a tearful Vikki Welsh watches on helplessly

IRTON’S beech tree was cut down yesterday as a six-year saga came to an emotional end.

IRTON’S beech tree was cut down today as a six-year saga came to an emotional end.

The last day of the Irton beech tree. The tree is reflected in the tearful eyes of 17 year old Vicky Walsh, aka Beechnut, the last sit-in protestor who left the tree at 10.15am, when the village's legal campaign ended.'Picture by Andrew Higgins  114017a  04/10/11

The last day of the Irton beech tree. The tree is reflected in the tearful eyes of 17 year old Vicky Walsh, aka Beechnut, the last sit-in protestor who left the tree at 10.15am, when the village's legal campaign ended.'Picture by Andrew Higgins 114017a 04/10/11

Council contractors and police made a pre-planned dawn swoop on Main Street in Irton, arriving at the site before 6am.

Vikki Welsh, 17, the last of five protesters who had climbed the tree in a bid to prevent North Yorkshire County Council from felling it, was finally persuaded to climb down at 10.10am and the chainsaws moved in within minutes.

A distraught and tearful Vikki, known as Beech Nut, said: “We have got to accept that there is nothing more we can do for this particular tree.”

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