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.