A TEARFUL woman watched as a tree she had fought to protect was chopped down.
Patricia Campbell, 86, had campaigned to save the 200-year-old lime tree in the grounds of Townlands Hospital, near her home in York Road, Henley.
On Friday morning a team from Heritage Tree Services took about 45 minutes to chop down the tree to make way for the redevelopment of the hospital.
The land was needed to make way for an access road between York Road and Clarence Road while construction takes place and will eventually become a car park.
As she watched the tree’s branches being removed, Ms Campbell said it was like “being at the funeral of a much-loved friend”.