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by Randy Cassingham

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The City Council in Southampton, England, was going to chop down a 60-year-old tree until local residents protested. After the Council decided to save the tree, it announced the decision by writing a letter. To the tree. Posted to the tree’s trunk, it started “Dear The Tree,” and explained the tree has been issued a temporary preservation order. A Council spokesman said the letter was a “standard legalistic device” and that “addressing the letter ‘Dear The Tree’ ensures that a preservation order covers it.” The letter advised the tree that any further comments or suggestions regarding its fate must be made in writing. (London Mirror) ...Next step, a solicitor will be assigned to give it fair representation.
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