Press Release  

Campaigners revive local “Tree Dressing” tradition

6th February 2006

On Sunday 5th February campaigners against the A628 Mottram-Tintwistle bypass, gathered on Lumb Lane, Hollingworth, to revive the local tradition of tree dressing. Despite the poor weather, over 40 supporters came out to add their tokens to the tree, which overlooks the fields where the bypass will go if it is built.

Longdendale was, until recently, an historic farming community, where ancient customs survived and were respected. One of these customs involved "special trees", often oak, ash, or thorn. Even in recent times tokens (traditionally red or white ribbons), along with requests for help and thanks, were attached to some of these trees.

Campaigners are urging residents to object to the Highways Agency’s bypass plans. A spokesperson said:

“We would encourage everyone to go along to the Highway’s Agency exhibitions in order that they can make an informed decision before deciding whether or not they want the bypass to go ahead and anyone who does not support the scheme should contact us. There is a misconception that only people living in Tintwistle and Hollingworth have a right to an opinion on the bypass. The fact is that everyone from Langsett to Denton and beyond will feel the effects of this scheme and every taxpayer in the country will pay for it. It will destroy 1.4km of the National Park, which belongs to all of us, and destroy the character of the Dark Peak from here to Sheffield by encouraging more traffic and pollution onto the A628. An HGV ban is the only sensible way forward. ”


For more information, contact: Emma Lawrence, 0845 226 3392

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Notes for Editors:

[1] Save Swallow’s Wood and Alternative Proposals for Transport are two local groups campaigning against the Mottram-Tintwistle bypass.