Axing pine trees sets poor example

The loss of mature trees is not only an aesthetic and amenity issue but importantly, it is a mental health, wellbeing and environmental issue. Why destroy the trees when there are so many options for their retention?

It is of little importance that the trees were on private land because in life we are custodians of the natural environment for the benefit of future generations, and there is no denying that green spaces are disappearing as are mature trees.

This is not a good example that has been set by the school’s decision-makers, particularly as Norfolk pines are known to live to 150 years and they are on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red (Threatened) List.