The Laburnum tree in Hedge End which is the centre of a local political storm has found itself new allies in Eastleigh’s UKIP branch, who are currently distributing 7,000 leaflets throughout Hedge End in support of the tree in which UKIP warn the Hedge End Town council ‘Leave this Laburnum alone!”
Users of a local playgroup want the council to fell the tree because they claim its seed pods, which contain toxins, threatens the safety of their children. However campaigners led by the local Women’s Institute – who originally planted it – have won a temporary tree preservation order.
The text of the UKIP leaflet is as follows:
“Come springtime in Hedge End there is no more beautiful sight than the old Laburnum growing by the village hall. This commemorative tree planted in 1959 well deserves its name “Golden Rain” form the masses of brilliant yellow flowers which hang from its branches each year and do so much to brighten our lives. Like many things in life which are free and which bring enjoyment to so many people, its value cannot be measured until it is gone forever.
Now Hedge End Councillors want to cut it down because of “health and safety”! Suddenly (after 52 years) it seems the tress is “poisonous” and “dangerous” (to children)! Yet there are no records of anyone in Britain having dies or suffered serious poisoning from Laburnum seeds. UKIP says once again we are witnessing a hysterical knee jerk reaction by local politicians caught up in a climate of “health and safety”.
A UKIP spokesman told Eastleigh news that the Party wanted to show that it could campaign on local issues. Several seats on Hedge town council went uncontested last May while in Cambridgeshire UKIP won control of its first town council.
The UKIP spokesman told Eastleigh News that the fears surrounding the laburnum tree was typical of “Health and Safety nonsense fostered by EU nanny-state regulations”
Michale O’Donoghue who stood for UKIP last May in Hedge End St Johns – but lost out to Lib Dem war hero Mick Wheatley – warned the Council not to proceed with the felling of the beautiful old Laburnum tree.
“While distributing the leaflet in Hedge End, our activists got a very positive and encouraging response from householders.”