Like to point out

In his letter regarding the Cowdray Ruins (Observer, February 14) John Kistner mentions the ‘screen of not particularly noteworthy trees’ alongside the A272, suggesting it should be cleared.

I would like to point out that one of these trees is in fact highly noteworthy.

It is a black poplar, one of only 12 mature specimens of these rare native trees remaining in West Sussex.

It is a fine example, and indeed is the tallest in Sussex.

The Sussex Black Poplar Working Group, of which I am a member, is a partnership project under the wing of the Sussex Wildlife Trust.

We are working with the Royal Botanic Gardens at Wakehurst to restore this magnificent species to the Sussex landscape.

Frances Abraham