Saving the Lonely Tree


Jonny Drury

WORK has begun to salvage what is left of Llanfyllin’s famous ‘Lonely Tree’.

The tree, which has overlooked the town for more than 200 years, fell victim to the recent storms and following a Llanfyllin Town Council meeting in February, work has begun to try and save the tree.

It is one of Llanfyllin’s most famous landmarks and people within the area were devastated at seeing it felled.

At the council’s latest meeting town and county councillor Peter Lewis, who owns the ground the tree is on, said that after experts had surveyed the tree, they found that two roots were still alive.

He said: “The conclusion is that there are two roots that are part of the tree that will live.

“But to move it would kill it, so now we will look to cover the roots and see what happens within the next 12 months.”

The council spoke about plans to fence the tree off so sheep could not get to the tree and damage the roots further and kill it all together.

On Saturday, February 22, ‘Operation Lonely Tree’ kicked off as a group of volunteers set about protecting the remains of the tree.

Greg Mills, of DEG Mills Ltd, moved around 30 tones of topsoil to the tree with a tracked dumper truck, to cover the roots.

Cllr Ann Williams thanked all the volunteers for giving up their time, especially Mr Mills for allowing the use of his machinery.

Cllr Lewis also commented on the success of the day.

He said: “It was amazing team work which made the day a great success.

“A big thanks has to go to DG Mills Ltd, Rob McBride of Tree Hunter for his advice and expertise, and Michael Griffiths, who carried the top soil to the tree in very difficult conditions.”

It was also decided that an appeal would go out to raise money to pay for the work.

Cllr Ian Jones said: “It would be nice for the community to get involved, and I think they would want to get involved with it being a landmark of the town.”

News about the tree has reached many people across the world through social networking, with people expressing their desire to donate money.

Donations will be used to initially protect the tree with a fence and then put a plaque at the site.

It is now possible to donate through the Lonely Tree appeal, either through PayPal or at the HSBC bank in the town.


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