A few reasons why people tried to save the Irton Beech tree...
The ex-Beech tree in Irton village high street was the natural centrepoint of the village and therefore was deemed ‘special’ by the locals and to those who like myself feel the tree itself was not given the respect it deserved.
Ecologically the tree was a hub for the local wildlife; especially for the insects, spiders, beetles, bats and birds who used the tree for reproduction, shelter and food.
The Irton Beech was a complex and subtle ‘green machine’ designed and evolved to regulate the environment we rely upon for life.
A healthy tree in its natural habitat serves to maintain healthy soil, clean, cool and regulate the air we breathe and provides shade, shelter and aesthetic pleasure for many generations to enjoy.
This Beech tree was the most mature in the surrounding area and at 130 years old was just entering the prime of its life and could have served the village for another 200 years if allowed to continue.
Our local and global natural environment needs protection from needless harm and human stupidity; the Irton event is a case in point.
I am very disappointed that Irton lost a village treasure; and sincerely hope that other important trees and natural environments are spared because of the lessons learnt in Irton.
NYCC’s legal money pit could have been avoided had Scarborough Council’s Tree Preservation Order been respected by the lawyers.
Good luck to the Irton Tree Foundation.