Protestors rally to stop Silsden tree from being axed

Anna Laycock defending the lime tree, in Silsden

Anna Laycock defending the lime tree, in Silsden

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"I'm not budging" says ethics manager Anna Laycock beneath threatened 250-year-old tree on new Aldi store site.

Staff at the Ecology Building Society, Silsden have vowed to keep constant vigil beneath a massive lime tree which borders their property after contractors began hacking at its lower boughs this morning.

They are desperately trying to persuade Aldi to stay the axe during ground clearance work prior to building on the Keighley Road site.

"Workman began cutting at it after bosses told them to start bringing it down.

"But we've had no contact from Aldi so far about the unnecessary destruction of this wonderful tree which is home to so many living things" said Ms Laycock sitting beneath its branches.

"We will take turns to stay here to try and save it while we negotiate," she said.

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11:55am Wed 6 Aug 14

jimmy k says...

whats an ethics manager?
whats an ethics manager? jimmy k
  • Score: 4

12:52pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Stevo54 says...

Yes please do tell, the job obviously involves having a lot of spare time on your hands.
Yes please do tell, the job obviously involves having a lot of spare time on your hands. Stevo54
  • Score: 6

12:55pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Behind_the_8-Ball says...

If you find yourself dithering over an ethical issue... i.e. "is it ok to hack my neighbour to death with a meat cleaver, or would that be considered a bit wrong"... or "Would it be ok to walk around the town with my c0ck hanging out of my trousers and carrying a sign saying "Get It Here""... you can employ an Ethics Manager at great expense and give you guidance through the ethical minefield that is right & wrong by either wagging a forbidding finger and scowling or patting you on the back and offering to do the printing on the sign. Without Ethical Managers, society would probably descend into chaos within a matter of weeks and Britain would end up looking like a scene from Planet of the Apes... only without the Apes, obviously.
If you find yourself dithering over an ethical issue... i.e. "is it ok to hack my neighbour to death with a meat cleaver, or would that be considered a bit wrong"... or "Would it be ok to walk around the town with my c0ck hanging out of my trousers and carrying a sign saying "Get It Here""... you can employ an Ethics Manager at great expense and give you guidance through the ethical minefield that is right & wrong by either wagging a forbidding finger and scowling or patting you on the back and offering to do the printing on the sign. Without Ethical Managers, society would probably descend into chaos within a matter of weeks and Britain would end up looking like a scene from Planet of the Apes... only without the Apes, obviously. Behind_the_8-Ball
  • Score: 6

1:12pm Wed 6 Aug 14

MarkPullen says...

Question - Do the investors pay the salary of the Ethics Manager whilst she's sat up a tree as opposed to ensuring that the funds are appropriately invested?

Unless this is a new branch?? ;-)
Question - Do the investors pay the salary of the Ethics Manager whilst she's sat up a tree as opposed to ensuring that the funds are appropriately invested? Unless this is a new branch?? ;-) MarkPullen
  • Score: 3

2:14pm Wed 6 Aug 14

jimmy k says...

they've had no contact from aldi/did aldi need to contact them as it states its not on the society's land.wonder if any trees were chopped down to make way for their building?
they've had no contact from aldi/did aldi need to contact them as it states its not on the society's land.wonder if any trees were chopped down to make way for their building? jimmy k
  • Score: 4

6:02pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Mixter says...

If the people of Silsden object so much - dont shop there.

I personally object to losing a 250 year old tree, but i dont shop in silsden OR the Aldi at keighley - im not old enough yet. The minimum criteria, i believe, being 60+ and nissan micra driver.
If the people of Silsden object so much - dont shop there. I personally object to losing a 250 year old tree, but i dont shop in silsden OR the Aldi at keighley - im not old enough yet. The minimum criteria, i believe, being 60+ and nissan micra driver. Mixter
  • Score: -4

6:23pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Little Green Man says...

MarkPullen wrote:
Question - Do the investors pay the salary of the Ethics Manager whilst she's sat up a tree as opposed to ensuring that the funds are appropriately invested?

Unless this is a new branch?? ;-)
Don't start the puns again or we'll have to give you some stick...
[quote][p][bold]MarkPullen[/bold] wrote: Question - Do the investors pay the salary of the Ethics Manager whilst she's sat up a tree as opposed to ensuring that the funds are appropriately invested? Unless this is a new branch?? ;-)[/p][/quote]Don't start the puns again or we'll have to give you some stick... Little Green Man
  • Score: 2

8:23pm Wed 6 Aug 14

jimmy k says...

no lgm that woodn't be good.
no lgm that woodn't be good. jimmy k
  • Score: -1

10:28am Thu 7 Aug 14

Kingchaser says...

jimmy k wrote:
no lgm that woodn't be good.
Trust Jimmy K to get to the root of the matter!

Obviously Aldi haven't twigged that cutting down trees leaves potential customers a bit sapped of any desire to use their shop....
[quote][p][bold]jimmy k[/bold] wrote: no lgm that woodn't be good.[/p][/quote]Trust Jimmy K to get to the root of the matter! Obviously Aldi haven't twigged that cutting down trees leaves potential customers a bit sapped of any desire to use their shop.... Kingchaser
  • Score: -1

12:19pm Thu 7 Aug 14

jimmy k says...

come on kingchaser i know your barks worse then youe bite
come on kingchaser i know your barks worse then youe bite jimmy k
  • Score: -1

12:23pm Thu 7 Aug 14

MarkPullen says...

On a serious note why is the action only being taken now when it would have been obvious when the plans were submitted that this tree was at risk?

I'm also at a loss to see how the aims of the Ecology Building Society fit into this protest - their website talks about sustainability but maybe their focus should be on the construction materials rather than a single tree?
On a serious note why is the action only being taken now when it would have been obvious when the plans were submitted that this tree was at risk? I'm also at a loss to see how the aims of the Ecology Building Society fit into this protest - their website talks about sustainability but maybe their focus should be on the construction materials rather than a single tree? MarkPullen
  • Score: 0

1:10pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Franky Boy says...

And just how has Ms Laycock affixed her notice to the tree?

If she's used nails or tacks, that could be assault on an innocent tree.

I believe the name of that crime is Treevous Bodily Harm.
And just how has Ms Laycock affixed her notice to the tree? If she's used nails or tacks, that could be assault on an innocent tree. I believe the name of that crime is Treevous Bodily Harm. Franky Boy
  • Score: 3

4:20pm Thu 7 Aug 14

jimmy k says...

think the answer is obvious mark,publicity,lets face it how many of us had heard of them before this story.
think the answer is obvious mark,publicity,lets face it how many of us had heard of them before this story. jimmy k
  • Score: 0

4:24pm Thu 7 Aug 14

MarkPullen says...

jimmy k wrote:
think the answer is obvious mark,publicity,lets face it how many of us had heard of them before this story.
I doubt that is their motive as the Ecology is well established locally and online.

But for an company looking to forecast profit on returns they didn't see the axeman coming!
[quote][p][bold]jimmy k[/bold] wrote: think the answer is obvious mark,publicity,lets face it how many of us had heard of them before this story.[/p][/quote]I doubt that is their motive as the Ecology is well established locally and online. But for an company looking to forecast profit on returns they didn't see the axeman coming! MarkPullen
  • Score: 0

8:09pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Little Green Man says...

It's just a shop - could be worse, they could be building a trunk road
It's just a shop - could be worse, they could be building a trunk road Little Green Man
  • Score: -3

12:57pm Mon 11 Aug 14

TooChilled says...

Really? The story is about a 250 year old tree that is being, needlessly, chopped down to make way for a supermarket and all any of you can say is, "What's an Ethics Manager?"
Mind you, this is Keighley.....
Really? The story is about a 250 year old tree that is being, needlessly, chopped down to make way for a supermarket and all any of you can say is, "What's an Ethics Manager?" Mind you, this is Keighley..... TooChilled
  • Score: 0

12:59pm Mon 11 Aug 14

MarkPullen says...

jimmy k wrote:
whats an ethics manager?
It's the person who looks after accounts around North East London but suffers from a lisp! ;-)
[quote][p][bold]jimmy k[/bold] wrote: whats an ethics manager?[/p][/quote]It's the person who looks after accounts around North East London but suffers from a lisp! ;-) MarkPullen
  • Score: 0

11:00am Wed 13 Aug 14

Shauny-Boy says...

Leaf out the bad puns please.
Leaf out the bad puns please. Shauny-Boy
  • Score: -1

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