Repost: “Protesters camp in Alexandra Park to stop further tree felling” #Manchester #democracy #bioshamversity

This is a repost from here.

Protesters camp in Alexandra park to stop further tree felling

With a film crew from BBC Northwest Tonight, around 80 local people of all ages and backgrounds who had gathered to protest against the tree felling, peacefully entered the felling site and succeeded in bringing tree felling works to a halt.IMG_1345Sadly, all 50 of the healthy Sycamore trees that made up the avenue along Claremont Road have now been cut down. But hundreds more trees are under threat.

IMG_1348The picture below shows how this avenue looked just a few days ago. Many of those present were very upset about the devastation.

other end of terrace before cutting2

BBC Northwest Tonight are featuring the story this evening on BBC 1 at 6.30pm.

Some of those present have this evening set up camp to continue their protest. We wish them the best of luck.

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1 Response to Repost: “Protesters camp in Alexandra Park to stop further tree felling” #Manchester #democracy #bioshamversity

  1. S M Short says:

    This wholesale destruction of wildlife habitat and the only taste of nature most local residents will get, is far from unique. It’s been happening all over the country for the last decade under the part-privatised system.
    Parks and open spaces no longer afford proper keepers or gardeners but contract with companies for prestige ‘Projects’ (With attendant ‘Green’ PR) which always include the destruction of mature healthy trees.
    Always, consultation is actively avoided and always a slew of erroneous ‘reasons’ are given The trees are untidy, ill, there’s a health and safety risk, there’s a problem with insurance, they obscure the view of the trees, they encourage crime, they’re ‘Inferior’ trees, they weren’t planned, they are preventing more trees from growing… anything will do, but the end result will always be chainsaws and a profitable contract in which the wood will be saleable. In my experience, no trees, shrubs or flowers are later planted.
    These reasons are no different to the ones used to destroy the rainforests and their effects are the same. More ironic is that these projects are invariably funded as ‘Green projects’ which does a company’s PR no end of good.
    One of the first results of mass tree-felling is animal deaths. Animal numbers expand to fill the habitat and as a tree is felled, an entire vertical ecosystem is removed. The animals, plant and insects that live on it can’t ‘move to another tree’ because the other tree is already occupied (Otherwise it would be a dead tree). Mass tree-fellings have a later result of birdfall – an increase of competition for available habitat and the losers litter the area for the following months.
    At a time where wildlife habitat is critically low, when most children have never had the chance to climb a real tree and when climate change is finally recognised, this is no time to be destroying these sources of biodiversity and carbon capture which the Victorian businessmen seemed to understand better than ours do.
    This is a short term financial scam that denudes our scenery and increases climate change.
    Anyone or any organisation that says ‘They’re only some trees’ is exactly one who should never be admitted to a park in the first place. Not only are they vandalising vital parts of our world but they’re encouraging this as a policy for the future and the law – as in so much of the Third World – criminalises those who oppose vandalism.
    The short-term effect is to change a wooded place of wonder to a denuded football pitch and to teach children that trees are not merely worthless but actually to be despised. The longer term damage is catastrophic because this is not an isolated incident – it’s a widespread policy.
    If this doesn’t stop here, both the park and the future will be bleak.

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