A woman climbed an oak tree near her Fareham home today in a bid to save it from being chopped down.
Jane Downs used a ladder to get about 12ft up the tree in Frosthole Close, which the borough council wants to cut down because they say it is causing subsidence in and adjacent property.
She staged a two-hour protest, saying she and her neighbours were worried about the impact on wildlife as well as the loss of screening from homes in Inverness Avenue.
Fareham Borough Council sent staff to remove two oak trees and a hawthorn tree on a green in Frosthole Close this morning.
But when they found Miss Downs, 47, already up the tree, they contacted a senior officer who came to talk with her and other concerned residents who had gathered.
Miss Downs said: ‘The fact is that they can’t prove that these trees are causing the subsidence.
‘I understand what the council is saying that on the balance of probabilities these trees have caused it, but I think that’s wrong. They should prove it beyond all reasonable doubt.’
Miss Downs climbed down from the tree after principal tree officer Paul Johnston promised her that if she came down from the tree to talk the trees would not be cut down today.
The council said no action will be taken until further inquiries have been made and local people and the ward councillor will be contacted before any action is taken.