DIGGERS moved-in to tear down Shirley Parks "ring of oaks" scarcely a week after permission was granted to cut them down.
It was originally promised that the ancient trees would have been relocated as part of the Parkgate scheme to redevelop the town centre.
But last month, developers Shirley Advance successfully convinced councillors that the trees wouldn't survive the move.
Resident Ann Turner said she was shocked with the speed at which the feature was removed - workmen only started the job last Thursday.
And by the time Ann visited first thing Saturday, the oaks - the oldest of which was 350 years old - had been cut down altogether.
"There was a Shirley town centre partnership meeting on Thursday night and no one knew anything about it", she told us.
"To see them gone is so upsetting, we've spoken to a lot of people who have been so sad to hear the news."
Former Shirley councillor Tim Hodgson added: It's absolutely outrageous, environmental destruction and a broken promise. I would like to see an alternative feature to be created in the park, something along the same lines."
But Shirley Advance's Robert Birch once again said there was no alternative.
"The reality is that we couldn't avoid them and they wouldn't have survived relocation."