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Coronation Street star fights to save threatened Kentish Town sycamore

PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 March 2012

Residents in St Thomas' Gardens NW5 are opposed to the felling of the tree at the end of their road. Front residents Ian Glatt and Peter Baldwin.

Residents in St Thomas' Gardens NW5 are opposed to the felling of the tree at the end of their road. Front residents Ian Glatt and Peter Baldwin.

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A Coronation Street actor is among residents who are fighting to save a sycamore in Kentish Town from “tree haters”.

The tree in St Thomas’ Gardens cul-de-sac, off Queen’s Crescent, may be cut down by Camden Council after it was contacted by an insurance company. It is suspected it is causing subsidence to a nearby house.

However, residents have united in opposition and sent a petition and letters to the council.

Actor Peter Baldwin, who played Derek Wilton in Coronation Street, has lived near the tree for 40 years.

He said: “I feel that the council are acting willy-nilly without knowing it would do any good.”

Philip Kogan, 81, who has lived in the street for 39 years, said: “They’re going around massacring trees across the borough. Judging by the horrendous things they’re doing to trees they must be tree haters.”

A Camden Council spokesperson said: “We have taken action in the past and reduced the tree in size and we are currently reviewing the proposed removal of the tree. We only remove trees as a last resort.”

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