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OXFORD COLLEGE ASKS DOE TO OVERRULE TREES ORDER

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The environment secretary is to being asked to intervene in a dispute between Merton College and Oxford city counci...
The environment secretary is to being asked to intervene in a dispute between Merton College and Oxford city council, reports BBC Oxford.

The warden and scholars of Morton want to fell an avenue of lime trees in the fellows' garden. The trees are more than 200 years old but are widely thought to be past their best and, in some cases, dangerous. The city council has agreed to the trees being cut down but insists they must be replaced with new ones.

The college insists it does not want an avenue of young trees and is appealing to the environment secretary to overrule the city council's preservation order.
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