A protester who spent four nights in an Irton tree facing the axe has come down - but has been replaced by another man, Charles Ledger, a local environmentalist.
Mark Snow occupied the 100-year-old beech tree after it was faced with the chop on Tuesday.
North Yorkshire County Council sought an injunction on Friday to remove him.
A five-year battle over the tree is believed to have cost an estimated £225,000 in legal fees.
The council was given a court order to fell the tree in Irton after a request was made in 2006 by a resident claiming the roots were damaging the drains and a high boundary wall of a nearby property.
Contractors were due to remove the tree on Tuesday but Mr Snow, a joiner from Scarborough, climbed into the branches.
He spent four nights camped in the tree with some local residents sending up food and drink using a rope and carrier bag.