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Protestors bid to save park's trees

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Protestors have spent the weekend camping out in a park in Greater Manchester to try to stop hundreds of trees from being cut down.

More than a dozen people remain in Alexandra Park in Whalley Range.

Manchester City Council want to fell 280 trees and replace them with raised flowerbeds as part of a 5.5 million pound scheme to return the park to how it looked in Victorian times.

The plans also include new tennis courts and football facilities.

More than 2,000 people have signed an online petition opposing the felling of trees in the project, which received £2.2m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

One of the protestors said: "I don't understand the problem that Manchester City Council have with trees. They've chopped them down in Whalley Range and now they're trying to chop them down in this park. It's depressing."

Senior Manchester City Council officer Eddie Flanagan said: "We are not about to be brow-beaten by what we still think represents a small amount of trees and they are making their point right at the last minute."