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It was planted in 1909 to celebrate women’s rights by activist Rose Lamartine-Yates. But the 100ft Austrian pine – at Eagle House, Bath, Somerset – is now in “desperate need of major and costly work”.

Dozens of trees were planted in the grounds by other Suffragettes, including protest leader Emmeline Pankhurst.

The site was picked because many activists jailed while campaigning for votes for women recuperated at Eagle House after being freed.

But only Rose’s tree remains. The others fell victim to building work.

A Just Giving page has been set up to raise £4,999 to save the tree.

Organiser Sarah Paddock said it is “one of the symbols of what women achieved through determination and fighting to have their voice heard”.

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