‘Selfish’ Bude residents grab chainsaws and cut souvenirs out of iconic tree ripped by Storm Eunice

The mayor of Bude has called out “selfish” residents who have been cutting themselves souvenirs out of the town’s iconic tree which was ripped out of the ground by Storm Eunice.

The Triangle Tree, which had been standing in the town for generations, was ripped from the ground yesterday morning as a result of brutal winds.

A video, which was originally posted by Kai Wilson on social media, has been shared widely and captured the incredible moment the tree fell down, ripping the roots from the ground in the process.

Read more: Live updates as strong winds and rain hitting Cornwall after Storm Eunice

Many were left heartbroken at the news that it would no longer be standing in its iconic location and people were asked to stay away for their own safety.

But it appears that some did not respect the request as Amanda Tame, mayor of Bude, had to ask people to stop turning up with chainsaws to cut themselves souvenirs.



Handout photo issued by Tom Cox of a fallen tree in Bude

She wrote on Facebook this morning: “Please stop! I have just been informed that there have been huge numbers of people going down to our town’s fallen tree with chainsaws to cut themselves a souvenir!

“It’s incredibly selfish and unfair on the residents of Bude to do this, this tree belongs to EVERYONE in our community – not just the few who can get down there.

“Our cameras are now monitoring the area closely and a security team has been informed.”

The collapse of the tree has been described as “heartbreaking” and “devastating” by residents.

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