Thousands fight to save ancient oak from new Burger King plans

June 30 2017

THOUSANDS of people have joined the battle to save a 200-year-old oak tree in Eastville.

THOUSANDS of people have joined the battle to save a 200-year-old oak tree in Eastville.

It is at risk because of plans to demolish the Burger King at Eastgate Retail Park and replace it with a smaller drive-through and a two-storey rank of shops with a gym above.

The new Burger King would be closer to the entrance to the park and would mean the tree and other mature trees would go, although the developers would replace them with landscaping and a “green wall”.

The council's arboricultura; officer Matthew Bennett said  the mature trees are a historic remnant of the gasworks garden and are subject to tree protection orders. He described  the oak as "a key amenity feature located in an elevated position over the roundabout."

 Lockleaze ward councillors Gill Kirk and Estella Tincknell have pledged support for the scheme because it will provide jobs for local people.

The planning application can be viewed on Bristol City Council’s planning portal with the reference 

17/01580/P.

More than 100 people have lodged objections on the site, and nearly 5,000 have signed an online petition at https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-200-year-old-oak-tree-at-eatsgate

The petition states: “It is an Oak Tree. Britain's has oh so few left, it should be given a protected status. It contributes to the wellbeing of the environment around a very busy junction at Eastgate. “Alternative plans can be prepared and approved to conserve what is after all a very important part of Bristol's natural history.

“If the tree comes down it'll prove that the councillors of this great city care more about money than the wellbeing of Bristolians. It's a bad bad idea.”