Volunteers say ‘dangerous’ tree could destroy Leeds gravestones

17th August 2012. St John's Church in Roundhay, Leeds.
17th August 2012. St John's Church in Roundhay, Leeds.
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Volunteers say a “dangerous” tree in a churchyard could fall and destroy the gravestones of loved ones if action is not taken.

The Friends of Roundhay St John’s Church say a tree, in the south yard of St John’s Church has a hollow trunk and the group fears it could fall on 100-year-old gravestones or the neighbouring children’s playground.

The Grade II listed church, on Wetherby Road, has fallen into disrepair since being sold in 2010 for a nominal £1 to the Pentecostal City Mission (PCM), a small-London based evangelical church.

Caroline Feeman, founder of the friends group, said: “The tree is hollow and there is a very large hole in it.

“It is dangerous. The church was informed about it last year and in a year nothing has been done about it.

“If the tree falls, it could also land in the neighbouring children’s playground.

“People are angry and very concerned about it. I don’t think it could stand another winter.”

A spokeswoman for Leeds City Council said it is aware of the issue. She said council officers have asked its legal team to write to the church owners and ask them to look at the tree and its condition.

The spokeswoman said: “We understand the concerns of the friends group, and are doing what we can to help with the situation.”

The friends group was set up in 2014.

It is made up of volunteers, who have worked to improve the appearance of the cemetery in the churchyard.

The YEP contacted the PCM but it was unavailable to comment.