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ANCIENT wood from an oak tree thought to be more than 200 years old was offered to the HMS Victory restoration project.

But the green oak – which had grown on Park Avenue, Widley – was refused by people running the project as they only use Forestry Stewardship Council-approved timber.

This is due to their commitment to only using wood that they know has been sourced ethically.

The 72ft tree stood in a garden owned by Chris Tibbett, and before that it was part of a tree-lined drive-way leading up to Purbrook House.

As reported earlier this week, neighbours campaigned to save the tree, but Mr Tibbett said it was too large for his garden and expensive to maintain.

However he did not want the wood to go to waste, which is why he offered it to the restoration project.

A spokeswoman from the National Museum of the Royal Navy said: ‘We are very appreciative of the kind offer but we only accept Forestry Stewardship Council-approved timber as part of our ethical sourcing policy.’

Mr Tibbett has agreed to plant a replacement tree in the oak’s place.