05 Jan 2021, Hackney, London, UK.
After a long legal battle involving local citizens and the Hackney Council, The Happy Man Tree was cut down.
150-year-old tree that will now make way for a new residential complex.
A dozen policemen intervened to ensure that the work was carried out safely, two people were arrested. The tree was cut down on the first day of the third national lockdown under the astonished gaze of dozens of citizens.
In an attempt to save the tree, 22,000 signatures were collected from citizens.
The imposing plant was also awarded the 2020 Tree of the Year award just last October.
Daily Mail, Metro UK, Hackney Citizen,