We and other local residents were surprised and dismayed when we saw white marks on the trunks of three of the trees in the churchyard of Tweedmouth Parish Church and learned that planning permission has been granted for them to be cut down.
This is due to happen later in the summer.
These healthy sycamores have graced the churchyard for around a century.
Having read the tree management report in the planning application, we can see no substantial reason for doing anything other than prune them, where necessary.
Their absence would greatly detract from the churchyard’s beauty. It would also deprive the area’s wildlife and environment of their benefits.
Whilst we understand that clearing leaves from the church gutters costs money, it does not begin to compare with the expense of having the trees destroyed.
We therefore strongly urge the vicar of Tweedmouth Parish Church, and his officers, to reconsider their decision to cut them down so that not only those who are alive today, but future generations as well, may continue to enjoy them.
Cathy Feeny and Raymond Foulkes