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Christine Benson (Letters, 17 August) need not be concerned. Without the oversized and diseased horse chestnut casting shade over our home, we have enjoyed the lightest, airiest summer since we moved to Sheffield 24 years ago. Our replacement tree is thriving, and there are lots of mature trees remaining on our street. If ever we need any more shade, we’ve 4m other trees in the city.
Sally Green
Sheffield

• Ewen MacAskill’s description of Hamas as “the elected government of Gaza” is somewhat exaggerated. The last Gaza election was in 2006. There is, at long last, to be another one, though it remains to be seen how free and fair it will be.
Jeremy Beecham
Labour, House of Lords

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