A Lincolnshire council's stepped in at the last minute to protect 30 mature trees.
North Kesteven District Council was alerted as felling work was under way in Ruskington near Sleaford.
Within hours, they had issued an interim Tree Preservation Order.
However, one tree had already been felled and three others topped.
Varying in age, with the oldest estimated to be more than 100, the trees are a significant feature within the grounds of Brook House.
They include sycamore, horse chestnut, cherry, ash, pine and lime trees.
Quote Message: Had officers not arrived when they did, in response to public concerns, the damage could have been more extensive than it was, and could have led to all of the trees being lost. from Andrew McDonough North Kesteven District Council