Protestors against Stroud development

Protestors set up camp in an apple tree in bid to save badger set and tree

Protest tree cut down

Developers cut down apple tree near Stroud Credit: Matt Archibald
Police near site of cut down tree Credit: Matt Archibald

Two people who've been living in a giant apple tree in Stroud for days in protest at a housing development have now been arrested and the tree has been cut down.

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Treetop sit-in in Gloucestershire

Two people are occupying an apple tree in Stroud in protest at a housing development. They say they are prepared to stay there to protect a badger set and prevent the tree from being chopped down.

The developer of the site, who didn't want to appear on camera, says he has been careful to preserve wildlife habitat. But the protesters are preventing him from getting on with his job.

Ken Goodwin reports.

Tree protest against Stroud development

One of the protesters in the apple tree in Stroud this morning Credit: ITV News West Country

Protesters who are trying to stop a housing development in Stroud have set up camp in an old apple tree on the site.

They want to stop the building work on an old orchard on land off Belle Vue Road in the town.

Police are on site while discussions continue with the developer.