COUNCIL has placed a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) on a mature Sycamore tree in the centre of Strabane.
The tree, which towers over properties in Alexander Place in the town, had been surveyed for removal earlier this month when local residents intervened.
According to the TPO, officials from Derry City and Strabane District Council will now carry out a full inspection of the tree to ascertain whether or not it will be protected long-term.
“It’s a beautiful big tree,” Strabane independent councillor, Paul Gallagher remarked, after the TPO was issued.
“I had been contacted by residents on Friday morning when workmen were at the tree preparing to cut it down. It was then that I contacted council to see what could be done.
“It’s 100 years old and maybe older and this kind of tree, being inside the town boundary, is important to the locality.
“Now the preservation order has been made, council will do a survey to see if the tree is fit and well.
“If you think about it, that tree has been growing there before the partition of Ireland. I’d like to think it’ll still be there when the country is reunited.”
When contacted in relation to the tree a spokesperson for Derry City and Strabane District Council confirmed that a provisional Tree Preservation Order (TPO) has been issued for the Sycamore.
“The TPO is in place to protect the tree from suffering deliberate damage or destruction,” the spokesperson said.
“The provisional order is a temporary measure, with immediate effect, but lasts for six months to allow the council to carry out a full survey on the tree, consider any representations received and then to decide whether to confirm the TPO or to allow it to lapse.”
Posted: 4:17 pm December 21, 2019