Thousands in bid to save ancient oak

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More than 3,300 people have signed up to a campaign to save a 500-year-old tree which could be felled to make way for a new bypass.

Thousands have signed up to a Facebook page supporting an appeal launched to protect the Brimmon Oak, which is on the planned route for the Newtown bypass.

Campaigners want developers behind the bypass to amend the route – which currently passes just four metres from the tree.

The tree is at Lower Brimmon Farm, where Mervyn Lloyd Jones's family has lived for many years.

Mr Jones spoke out at the public inquiry into the bypass this summer and is now awaiting the outcome.

He said: "I am kicking myself that I did not start this campaign before the public inquiry, but with all the support I have had I am confident we can make the Welsh government move the bypass to avoid the tree.

"I don't think it is a lot to ask for, so let's hope they see some common sense.

"I am delighted that so many people are backing the campaign."

Mr Jones is being assisted in his campaign by Rob McBride, from Ellesmere, who is an expert on tree history.

Mr McBride has now suggested that the bypass could be named in honour of the tree. He said: "Someone suggested to me that the bypass could be named The Brimmon Oak Bypass. Now that would be a fine tribute to this great Welsh ancient tree."

It is believed an announcement on the outcome of the public inquiry will be made in the coming weeks.

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