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‘She was a very elegant Edwardian lady with her arms held aloft and her dress spinning as she danced’ - park-goer laments the loss of Norwich park’s ‘tree lady’

12:08 07 January 2013

David Woodward, from Bedingham, discovered a tree in Eaton Park which he said looked like an Edwardian lady. He was sad to discover in the Christmas week that the tree had been cut down. Photo: David Woodward

David Woodward, from Bedingham, discovered a tree in Eaton Park which he said looked like an Edwardian lady. He was sad to discover in the Christmas week that the tree had been cut down. Photo: David Woodward

David Woodward

To some passers-by she was simply a tree – but to others, she was a dancer frozen in mid-pirouette, her arms elegantly outstretched above her head, and her skirts flowing behind her.

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Now one Norwich park-goer is lamenting the loss of the tree he knew as “the tree lady of Eaton Park”.

David Woodward was saddened to notice during a Christmas walk that the tree he thought resembled a figure of an Edwardian lady had been cut down.

The 77-year-old, from Bedingham, near Woodton, said: “My friend and I have for many years, winter and summer, enjoyed walking around this delightful park with its fantastic trees.

“A couple of years ago I discovered a very special tree which I called the tree lady of Eaton Park.

“She was a very elegant Edwardian lady with her arms held aloft and her dress spinning as she danced.”

He added: “Walking through the park at Christmas, I discovered that the lovely tree lady of Eaton Park is no more, cut down in her prime. A very sad tale indeed.”

A Norwich City Council spokesman said she could not pinpoint the precise reason the tree had been cut down, but added: “We only fell dead, diseased, dying or dangerous trees, so it would have been chopped down for that reason rather than without just cause.”

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3 comments

  • Brilliant, genius article....small issue with the lack of any content....although the headline kinda gives away the fact that there probably isn't much to write about anyway...short news day clearly....

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    merrydancer

    Monday, January 7, 2013

  • I agree with your common sense attitude to trees Sidney. I fear there are too many forest species trees misplanted in the built environment which are the subject of preservation orders when they would be better replaced with more appropriates types. It is to be hoped though that local authority nervousness about falling branches and legal action does not lead to the premature felling of some mature trees which could survive even with disease for many years and be host to large numbers of insects and birds.Just airing a grumble- on my travels I note two roads which have one verge where the hedge is maintained in an exemplary manner and the other side where it has been flailed in the worst way, splintering roadside trees to shreds. One is the A149 and the other the A1122 and I wonder if in both cases a local authority highways contractor is responsible.

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, January 8, 2013

  • The tree had "phytopthora" simple as that...and I am sorry to say Mr Woodward, she was anything BUT in her prime, she was past her sell by date....nothing lasts forever, not even trees.....

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    Sidney

    Monday, January 7, 2013

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