A tree preservation order in Fairlie is set to be put in place by the local authority in a bid to protect some rare imported species.
Mature trees at 59 and 61 Main Road are now to come under North Ayrshire Council's protection "in order to protect existing trees in the interests of the amenity of the area".
Solicitor to the council, Ian T Mackay said: "It is accepted that these trees provide an important contribution to the character, amenity and townscape in this part of Fairlie.
"The trees are located within the spacious garden grounds to houses at 59 and 61 Main Road, Fairlie and provide a valuable landscape feature to the locality while also enhancing the local residential amenity.
"There is now a perceived threat to trees in the area from development interest and given their contribution to the local amenity and townscape, it is considered that the trees are worthy of protection."
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