Anger at suggestion council could tear down beloved tree

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There is concern at suggestions a beloved tree in a Derbyshire town could be removed.

People in Wirksworth have been left upset after hearing a tree which has been in the town's market place for nearly 40 years could be taken away.

It comes after the roots from the tree, which had been planted by the council in the 1980s, began to damage the paving and steps surrounding it.

However, Derbyshire Dales District Council (DDDC) insists there are no plans to fell the tree and has committed to find ways of repairing pavement without doing so.

Barry Joyce, a committee member of Wirksworth Civic Society, said people had been upset to hear the tree might come down.

"It's very noticeable element of the street scene," he said.

"It's the only tree in the market place. It's beautiful - in the summer it has a lovely canopy.

"There are community events

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