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