Blessing for threatened Brighton elm tree

Blessing for threatened Brighton elm tree

Stephen Hendry who spent time up the tree starts off the blessing

Holly Dove, ten, and brother Joshua Dove, nine, read out a blessing at the event

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A tree threatened with the chop was blessed by residents in a special ceremony.

Brighton and Hove City Council gave the historic elm in Vernon Terrace, Brighton, a two-week reprieve after protesters camped in it for three days.

The tree was to be felled as part of the revamp of Seven Dials junction.

With locals now drawing up ideas for an alternative, more than a dozen people gathered around the elm for an inter-faith humanist ceremony.

Among those present were ten-year-old Holly Dove and her nine-year-old brother Joshua who wrote a special blessing.

This was after they took food and drinks to the protesters last week.

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9:51am Fri 15 Mar 13

Crystal Ball says...

Yes, blessing the tree will do the trick and make BHCC sympathetic to the cause.
Yes, blessing the tree will do the trick and make BHCC sympathetic to the cause. Crystal Ball
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10:00am Fri 15 Mar 13

brightonboy84 says...

Get a grip!
Get a grip! brightonboy84
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10:19am Fri 15 Mar 13

south1919 says...

Only in Brighton
Only in Brighton south1919
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10:20am Fri 15 Mar 13

spa301 says...

Laughable.....
I read in another article that this was a historic tree.
What is the history surrounding the tree? Was it the one Charles I hid in perhaps?
Laughable..... I read in another article that this was a historic tree. What is the history surrounding the tree? Was it the one Charles I hid in perhaps? spa301
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10:26am Fri 15 Mar 13

mr punch says...

crap story, just a page filler. Chop it n burn it.
crap story, just a page filler. Chop it n burn it. mr punch
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10:28am Fri 15 Mar 13

upsidedowntuctuc says...

No hope Davey and his Junta on the Transport Committee sweep all in front of them The tree is more important than businesses but not as important as Davey!
If something needs chopping down it is ...
No hope Davey and his Junta on the Transport Committee sweep all in front of them The tree is more important than businesses but not as important as Davey! If something needs chopping down it is ... upsidedowntuctuc
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11:20am Fri 15 Mar 13

Martha Gunn says...

Now it is plain for all to see that the Green Party and its acolytes are an irrational cult.
Now it is plain for all to see that the Green Party and its acolytes are an irrational cult. Martha Gunn
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11:23am Fri 15 Mar 13

The Heretic says...

If the blessing works, could they pop round to the Chamber of Commerce next? The local economy could do with all the help it can get right now.
If the blessing works, could they pop round to the Chamber of Commerce next? The local economy could do with all the help it can get right now. The Heretic
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12:16pm Fri 15 Mar 13

Kiddon72 says...

Perhaps they should just carve the name "Roger French" into it's bark.

These magic words seem to get the council to do his bidding in all other matters.
Perhaps they should just carve the name "Roger French" into it's bark. These magic words seem to get the council to do his bidding in all other matters. Kiddon72
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12:59pm Fri 15 Mar 13

billy goat-gruff says...

So what exactly is wrong with the tree, that gets the Argus Moaners so hot under the collar? Is it in the middle of the road in the way of traffic? No. Is it encroaching the pavement, thus maybe getting in the way of an Argus Moaner's granny's mobility scooter? No more than almost every other tree in Brighton. It is an elm tree, and if you remember most of them were wiped out by Dutch Elm Disease - Brighton has some of the only ones left, and this is a healthy specimen. It should be saved.
So what exactly is wrong with the tree, that gets the Argus Moaners so hot under the collar? Is it in the middle of the road in the way of traffic? No. Is it encroaching the pavement, thus maybe getting in the way of an Argus Moaner's granny's mobility scooter? No more than almost every other tree in Brighton. It is an elm tree, and if you remember most of them were wiped out by Dutch Elm Disease - Brighton has some of the only ones left, and this is a healthy specimen. It should be saved. billy goat-gruff
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2:08pm Fri 15 Mar 13

Hoarder12345444 says...

This is unreal, just over one tree? My word. Have people got nothing else better to do with thir lives? If I drive past these freaks I shall be shouting abuse at them.
This is unreal, just over one tree? My word. Have people got nothing else better to do with thir lives? If I drive past these freaks I shall be shouting abuse at them. Hoarder12345444
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2:41pm Fri 15 Mar 13

Plunge says...

Does this weird freaky s*** work on cars? Mines booked in for an MOT next week. Maybe if I park it underneath the tree.......
Does this weird freaky s*** work on cars? Mines booked in for an MOT next week. Maybe if I park it underneath the tree....... Plunge
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4:17pm Fri 15 Mar 13

Flippin Burghers says...

I expect the kids quite enjoyed it though. Harmless enough.
I expect the kids quite enjoyed it though. Harmless enough. Flippin Burghers
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4:36pm Fri 15 Mar 13

MoreMikey says...

Perhaps a candle-lit vigil would be appropriate. They seem to solve most other problems.
Perhaps a candle-lit vigil would be appropriate. They seem to solve most other problems. MoreMikey
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