peaceful protest Sat 2nd 1pm – Alex Rd south / Claremont Rd gate

Many more people have joined the campaign to stop unnecessary tree felling, and are gathering today Sat 2nd at 1pm by the gate on the Alexandra Rd South /Claremont Rd corner.

Meanwhile media coverage builds, the protesters camping in the park hold out with food parcels donated by well-wishers, and 2,715 people sign the petition. The council still insist we are a tiny minority that they can ignore.

Key messages if you speak to the media:

– We want and expect ecologically responsible management of our park. Close study of the plans and documents reveals that this is not what is happening

– At 60 acres the park is large enough to accommodate the needs of all its users, both human and non-human. Building renovation, and improved sport & leisure provision is welcome and needed but it doesn’t require the destruction of 400 trees and 3 acres of wildlife habitat.

– Restoring the park to its Victorian design is all very well but the Victorians were not living with climate change and the massive decline of species. We have protected and priority species in the park such as bats, hedgehogs, song thrush and house sparrow. We should be celebrating that and seeking to protect and support these populations to flourish, not destroy their habitat.

– Nature is important to people. People care about birds, trees and hedgehogs. It’s vital to our health & wellbeing. That’s why over 2,700 people have signed the petition to oppose the scale of tree felling

– People have been objecting to these aspects of the plans for the past 2 years but we have not been listened to. That is why some local residents have chosen direct action and why so many have signed the petition. We are not a “tiny minority objecting at the last minute” that the council claims
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7 Responses to peaceful protest Sat 2nd 1pm – Alex Rd south / Claremont Rd gate

  1. Tracy says:

    Given that the Council only consulted 1,700-and-something, I think the people opposing this are in the majority now, aren’t we?

    • cultureprobe says:

      What’s more consultation does not equal approval. I am listed as having been consulted 6 times as coordinator of the WR4wildlife group – I certainly never gave my approval!

  2. Regina Khanum says:

    The council can’t see the trees for the woods literally!!!

  3. I was born and brought up near Alexandra Park and loved the green space and the trees. I’d like to support the campaigners who are taking the long view – is the climate change message lost on the councillors who have agreed this misguided project? Not to mention the non-human residents of the park – they will obviously be displaced – does the council not care?

  4. The consultation did not ask us whether or not we agreed to hundreds of tress being chopped down! Of course we all want our park to be improved but not by destroying trees. Someone at the council needs to admit they made a mistake over this. – interesting how not want of our local councillors is prepared to stand up against this or implementing the Tory cuts…. Labour think they can do what they want here because the Tories are so unpopular in Manchester. I am of a mind not to vote for any off them again…

  5. Human encroachment on the wild habitat will stop at nothing. This park is for both but the wildlife should come first and foremost to preserve the heritage of the park.

  6. Simon Marsh says:

    It is also worth pointing out that trees not only benefit wildlife, but improve the health of people too. Air pollution kills 35,000 people a year in the UK (1), this is seventeen times more deaths than from road accidents. 9% of deaths in some inner-city areas of the UK are the direct result of air pollution (2).

    A single mature tree filters 27 kilograms of pollutants from the air each year (3). The destruction of 400 trees will result in the people of Whalley Range being exposed to 10,800 kilograms of additional particulate matter. This additional exposure to pollutants will increase the statistical chance of local people developing a range of health problems, including childhood asthma, low birth weight babies, diabetes, heart attacks and lung cancer.

    Protecting mature trees and allowing them to complete their life cycles in peace is one of the most cost-effective ways of tackling air pollution. By felling hundreds of healthy trees that could potentially live for several centuries, the Council is passing the economic and health costs of today’s air pollution onto future generations.

    1) http://alumni.kcl.ac.uk/page.aspx?pid=4358
    2) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-20664807
    3) http://designbuildsource.com.au/greening-sydney-urban-forest-strategy

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