MATURE trees in Marsh face the axe - literally.
Stephanie Bowgett is dismayed that the ageing lime trees in Lawrence Road could be lost for ever.
A Kirklees Council notice on the trees says it intends to fell some of the trees, which line both sides of the road.
Ms Bowgett, who has lived in Lawrence Road for 20 years, says that although some of the trees were lifting the pavement - which could be dangerous - the one outside her own house did not seem to be causing any problems.
Ms Bowgett has written to Kirklees and hopes the council will reconsider.
She added: "At a time when we're being encouraged to plant more trees it seems perverse to cut down those that are established and healthy.
"The trees host squirrels and a variety of birds, including owls in the autumn. They have given us so much pleasure over the years and is an important part of our environment."
Ms Bowgett said that after the trees had been removed it would take years to replace them.
But a Kirklees spokesman said only seven of the 12 lime trees were to go. Ten new trees of a mixed species would replace them.
He said: "We have had a lot of complaints about these trees over the years. They cause a lot of mess and loss of light. We are replacing them with less invasive, less high maintenance ones."
He said the only letter he had received about the trees was from a man asking why the tree outside his house was not being chopped down.
"We are in a no win situation," he added.