A green campaigner and prospective councillor is calling on planners to turn down Brighton College’s application to expand because they would lead to the felling of a rare elm tree.
Tom Druitt, who helped save another elm at Seven Dials by living in it for two days, wrote an impassioned blog post pleading for the tree to be saved.
He said: “Elm trees are rare, beautiful trees. We’ve lost so many, but we’ve still got a fine collection due to the hard work of many people over a number of decades.
“Isn’t that worth something? Shouldn’t we be protecting each and every healthy mature elm in the city?”
The college wants to tear down its existing swimming pool and old music school and build a five-storey academic building. The works require the felling of the elm. The plans are being considered by Brighton and Hove City Council’s planning committee this afternoon.
When asked if he would launch another tree-top protest if they are approved, he said: “The tree is on private property. I would hope to work with concerned parents, students and neighbours.”
Mr Druitt is standing for the Green Party in the Regency ward in next year’s city elections.