Former tree of the year felled in Warwickshire to make way for HS2

Locals say loss of 250-year-old pear tree in Cubbington is ‘absolutely devastating’

Residents have spoken of their “utter devastation” after a 250-year-old pear tree in Warwickshire, a famous local landmark and England’s tree of the year in 2015, was felled to make way for the HS2 rail line.

The tree, thought to be the second-oldest wild pear tree in the country, had become a focal point in the protest against HS2, a high-speed rail line that will connect London and Birmingham, and which protesters say will cause huge environmental damage.

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