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Cathedral conker tree cordoned off for safety

by Ed Thornton

A CORDON was placed around a large horse-chestnut tree (above) on Cathedral Green, in Exeter, last week, so that people cannot sit beneath it.

Tree experts have said that the tree, which is the responsibility of Exeter Cathedral, is lacking moisture. A spokesman for the Cath­edral, Paul Snell, said that the ground beneath the tree was being com­pacted. When the conkers fall, in the autumn, “they will be gathered up, so they cannot be used as missiles,” he said.

One visitor to Exeter said: “We thought the cordon had been erected for bonkers health and safety reasons, to stop conkers landing on people’s heads.”

Folk music. The folk singer Laura Marling will give a concert at Exeter Cathedral on 14 October, the first date on her When the Bell Tolls Tour, which also includes Winchester Cath­edral and Liverpool Cath­edral.

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Fri 31 Jul 15 @ 18:59
@steveLIVS @RhodesWriter @c_of_e It wasn't our data, it was a survey by the British Election Study. HS

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Giving in @c_of_e up to £1 billion. But number of givers falling http://t.co/XTRi469vxv http://t.co/DZOtKmFWHH