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    Bid to save bypass-threatened 500-year-old Powys tree

    Campaigners in Powys want the route of a £56m road altered to save a 500-year-old oak tree.

    The Newtown bypass, aimed at easing congestion in the town, is subject to a public inquiry.

    Mervyn Jones owns the land the tree sits on and believes unless the road is built 15 metres away, the roots will be damaged and it will die.

    A Welsh government spokesman said it is “aware of the issues” and is awaiting the outcome of the public inquiry.

    Mr Jones told BBC Radio Wales: “We’re not trying to stop the bypass, we just want to save the tree.”

    A campaign group on Facebook in support of saving the tree has 3,000 members.

    The Welsh government spokesman said: “We are awaiting the outcome of a public inquiry. We will obviously give further consideration to the concerns raised.”

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