Four ancient trees 'saved' from the chop after protestors stage overnight sit-in

Protestors fighting to save four ancient trees in the centre of Newark have won a reprieve after the council and the private owner of the land agreed to halt plans to chop them down.The trees, outside the town's library, were due to be felled to make way for a car park extension. But local people turned out in force to oppose the scheme, with several staging an overnight sit-in.

Following an ecological survey of the site Newark and Sherwood District Council announced work would be stopped and the plans would be re-considered at special council meeting next week.