Our latest story from the Advertiser's archives sees us travel back 15 years to a story of anger in west Helensburgh at the cutting down of trees in an area of 'porected woodland'.

Here's how we reported the news in the Advertiser of February 3, 2005...

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TREE felling at a protected area of woodland must be stopped now, say angry residents of West Helensburgh.

An action group has been set up in Cumberland Avenue to protect healthy trees in Ardencaple Woods after tree cutters moved in last month. Formerly owned by the Ministry of Defence, the woodland was bought by housing developers Margery Osborne and Thomas Paterson two months ago and what is thought to be in the region of 60 trees have been marked for felling on “health and safety grounds”.

The wood has a temporary Tree Preservation Order on it and residents are concerned this is not being followed strictly enough.

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Rosemary Stevenson, who lives in Cumberland Avenue, said: “Our main focus is to get the work stopped until there is a proper assessment made. We haven’t seen any proof that these trees are dangerous.

“We have spoken to Scottish Natural Heritage to explore all avenues and are looking at our legal options at the moment.”

She added: “It’s a fantastic, strong environmental feature not only for this part of Helensburgh but is part of the environmental character of the whole town. If it went it would be a huge loss to the town.”

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