30th May 1996
I must have spent a fortune on telephone calls and letters to tree experts. People sound interested in having a look until the L.D.N.P.A are mentioned. Seem to have rung people all over the country – got some useful information and recommendations. One recommendation is for a tree expert with experience in veteran trees. He turns out to live not far away so he and his colleague agree to have a preliminary look for free. The news is better than I hoped – Roger C and Andy L reckon the majority of the trees are in good nick!
Roger and Andy very generously agree to do a thorough inspection and report for a nominal fee of £200. Its still a lot for me – for a long shot to try to save 54 beeches owned by bureaucrats.