Thursday, June 20, 2019
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The removal of a decades-old tree in Ashaig has caused outrage.

A photograph of the tree at Pulpit Rock, which local tradition says was once an ancient area of worship, was posted in Facebook group SALAD – Skye and Lochalsh Airport Discussion.

The group believe the tree was removed as part of preparations for an airport trial Highland Council hope to introduce.

Comments from Facebook members describe the felling as "desecration," "awful" and a "disgrace."

SALAD administrator Tom Stephens said he understood the tree was not officially under a Tree Preservation Order, but was of great importance to the local community.

Highland Council commented: "The tree that was cut is beyond the area of the airfield related tree cutting operations. The Council commissioned some tree felling adjacent to Ashaig Aerodrome.  The Council received permission from the land owner.  The purpose of the tree felling was in the interests of safety of the airfield users.

"The trees were having a detrimental impact on the landing and take-off operations.  The area for felling did not include the Pulpit Rock tree."

Image by Pooka MacPhellimey.  

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