CAMPAIGNERS fighting to save a beech tree set to be felled in Settle say that more townsfolk are joining them to urge a re-think.

The 150-year-old beech tree, on the ground of North Ribblesdale Rugby Union Club, has been earmarked to go as part of plans to improve drainage of the pitches, which can get heavily waterlogged in winter.

Permission for the tree to be cut down was given by Craven District Council planners in June.

But members of Roots - Respect Our Old Trees in Settle - have called upon the rugby club to come up with another scheme which would leave the tree intact.

The group's John Bentley said: "After coverage in the Herald many more people in the town have joined us. We understand and sympathise with the club’s desire to improve playing facilities. But there is good evidence that this need not be an 'either/or' decision."