VIDEO: Pupils’ call to save loved tree

Pupils from Holywell Green Primary School are campaigning to save a mature sycamore tree in their playground.

The tree has stood in the school playground for more than 65 years, but may soon have to come down following plans by Calderdale Council to fell it.

Teachers, pupil and parents at Holywell Green Primary School, campaign to save their tree.

Teachers, pupil and parents at Holywell Green Primary School, campaign to save their tree.

Staff, parents and pupils from the school joined together today (Saturday) to say ‘save our tree’ and plant new trees and shrubs.

Paul McVeigh, headteacher at the school, said: “Our environment is important for the future generations of children that will live and learn in Holywell Green, and it should be protected and not destroyed.”

The school supports the Woodland Trust and has planted hundreds of trees and shrubs in its grounds - the area is now a haven for wildlife and is used to help pupils learn about the importance of the environment.

But Julie Ackroyd, whose elderly father lives in a nearby property, said the tree causes difficulties such as leaves falling and blocking guttering.

She said the situation has been ongoing for a number of years during which her family has been calling on the council to take action to improve the situation.