Historic elm tree could have the supermarket giants weeping

Elm Tree protest on Dean Road.Hoping to save the Elm tree.The weeping Elm group at the site.Picture Richard Ponter 140404
Elm Tree protest on Dean Road.Hoping to save the Elm tree.The weeping Elm group at the site.Picture Richard Ponter 140404
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The future use of land at Dean Road has had more twist and turns than a gnarled old tree and now another one has taken root.

Following the pullout of Tesco in December the future of the land, which has a supermarket planning permission granted on it, has been up in the air.

Since the pull out Asda, Lidl and Albi have been linked with a move for the land, a stopping up order has been granted for Trafalgar Street West and even a health centre has been proposed.

This week has seen a newcomer emerge out of the woodwork to try potentially change the course of the story once more.

The Weeping Elm Group is appealing to Scarborough Council to place a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) on a weeping elm growing on the site.

If they are successful it could have a knock on effect on any future development on the land. They claim previous attempts to get a TPO have failed but the tree has now been listed as a ‘Champion Elm Tree of Yorkshire, England and the UK’ by the Tree Register UK.

Lucy Lambley from the elm group said: “This unusual tree has been marked on maps for well over a century.

“By not only admiring its beauty but also realising the historical value of this unique weeping elm to the area and its significance to many generations of Scarborians, we feel it should be protected.

“With an existing public right of way beneath its branches, and the close proximity of the Ellis Centre, the small plot of land adjacent to the tree and up to the Ellis Centre boundary, could so easily be re-landscaped into a small public garden, both protecting this beautiful weeping elm and acting as a memory to St Mary’s Hospital.

“The support that comes from all bodies and sections of the country should merit some consideration, and once again, we appeal to our local council to reconsider the status of this tree and to use its powers to protect Scarborough’s champion elm tree.”

Scarborough Council has said that the tree will be considered in any application.