The tree man of Irton

Irton Tree protest day 2'Tree protester Mark Snow filming for the Scarborough Evening News website'Picture by Neil Silk  113827q'21/09/11

Irton Tree protest day 2'Tree protester Mark Snow filming for the Scarborough Evening News website'Picture by Neil Silk 113827q'21/09/11

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HE may not have had the most comfortable night of his life, but Irton’s tree man Mark “Snoz” Snow insists he has no regrets.

A day after he began his unorthodox protest, he appeared as happy and determined as he had 24 hours earlier when he ascended the 80-year-old beech tree and prevented the county council from executing a court order to fell it.

Irton Tree protest day 2'Family Support ....Mark Snows dad Peter Snow with Marks dog Betty.'Picture by Neil Silk  113827h'21/09/11

Irton Tree protest day 2'Family Support ....Mark Snows dad Peter Snow with Marks dog Betty.'Picture by Neil Silk 113827h'21/09/11

“I feel like the luckiest man alive with all these creatures,” Snoz said yesterday from the condemned tree’s branches.

“I wouldn’t be here without the excellent support. I won’t be coming down any time soon, and if I do there’ll be someone else to take my place.”

Snoz, a regular at The Valley Bar in Valley Road, remains unfazed despite being featured in the national press and appearing live on BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show.

“I just assumed there were people up trees all over the country, but maybe there aren’t,” he added.

It was not just his new friends from Irton who were supporting Snoz from ground level yesterday.

His father Peter spoke of his pride after he got over the initial shock of his son’s decision.

“I had no idea he was going to do it, I just got a lot of phone calls so I popped down to see him. At first I was worried about the health and safety but when I did see him I was comforted by all his friends here.

“My son is a very strong-willed, considerate man who loves nature. On his holiday he paddled from the river here to Selby in a Canadian canoe and if he has any free time he’s in the woods camping.”

Snoz attended Pindar School, studied art and craft at Yorkshire Coast College and went to university in Carlisle.

After spending four years living in a converted Post Office van which he drove through Europe and Morocco before settling in Spain, he returned to Scarborough to set up his successful carpentry business.

It was while he was in Spain that he adopted a mountain dog puppy he named Betty, who also turned out to support Snoz yesterday.

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