I should be feeling elated that these beautiful healthy trees are still standing on Whirlowdale Crescent after the attempted felling today. But I just feel really sad.
Sad that SCC s long promised tree strategy is still in draft form.
Sad that an obscene amount of money has been wasted on a sham survey that has changed nothing.
Sad that a resident on this street wants ‘her’ tree gone because it blocks light whilst their neighbour wants the tree to stay for all the wider benefits it brings to the community.
Sad that the arbs who came to reduce the majority of the healthy trees on this street to stumps have convinced themselves this is good sustainable practice.
Sad that this awesome profession is losing huge credibility via a profit before people ‘replacement’ programme that does nothing to promote the value of Street Trees.
Sad that if a truly exceptional tree like the Chelsea Elm with its rare butterfly colony is allowed to be felled, it will literally pave the way for unrestrained felling of 1000s more trees.
But whatever I feel today, I know, like many other local residents, I will not give up hoping that eventually the mounting pressure from respected experts and national bodies alongside ordinary residents doing extra ordinary things will result in some sensible changes to this unnecessarily destructive programme.