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A north London council locked in a bitter row with residents over the future of a 120-year-old tree claim it could cost them £1million to leave it standing.
Haringey Council wants to fell the ancient plane over claims from insurers that it is causing subsidence to two homes on Oakfield Road in Stroud Green, north London.
However, neighbours and campaigners - fronted by Haringey Tree Protectors in court - have launched a valiant bid to save the huge tree - some even camping in the branches for almost a year.
The row stepped up a notch last weekend when a dozen balaclava-clad security guards stormed and fortified the tree with scaffolding and a watchtower in the middle of the night.
When MailOnline went to the scene, residents described the action by the council as 'abhorrent' and 'grotesque'.
In a major win for the campaigners, the tree was given a stay of execution last week when a court postponed a decision on its future - temporarily blocking the council's bid to axe the tree.
Haringey council claim it could cost them £1million to leave a 120-year-old tree (pictured) in north London standing
Neighbours and campaigners (pictured) - fronted by Haringey Tree Protectors in court - have launched a valiant bid to save the huge tree
Andrew Brenner, a homeowner affected by the alleged subsidence, emerged at the 11th hour to save it by lodging an injunction at Clerkenwell County Court. It was upheld by Judge Dan Squires.
The next hearing will be at the High Court later this month, where the tree's future will be decided.
Haringey Council estimates it could be forced to pay up to £1million in insurance claims if the tree is left in its