Hands Up if you want to save trees and habitat in Alexandra Park

Let Manchester City Council know that Alexandra Park is the people’s park, let them know how many of us object to the unnecessary felling of healthy trees and removal of wildlife habitat in Alexandra Park, Manchester.

Hands Up if you want the tree felling to stop

  1. Draw around your hand on some upcycled cloth
  2. Write your message for Manchester City Council
  3. Photograph your ‘Hands Up’ message and tweet @SaveAPTrees
  4. Tie the Hand on the fence around Alexandra Park (or give it to/post it to one of the campaigners to do)
  5. Come to Alexandra Park next Saturday to make a ‘Community-Made-Poster’

 

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13 Responses to Hands Up if you want to save trees and habitat in Alexandra Park

  1. Byron Sting says:

    All these people who suddenly care? Why did they never get involved with Friends of Alexander Park years ago?

    • Possibly because when they say that they are going to do up the park, the last thing in a million years that you think that this might involve is chopping down hundreds of healthy trees / an avenue of trees etc. I have no objection to them adding a few things, doing up the buildings, opening a cafe, so people can get a brew or an ice cream and stay longer, or clearing up a few tangled bits or dead trees, as their plans suggest, but why on earth would anyone in their right mind chop down a beautiful avenue of trees, or all the trees from a bog, which clearly cannot be used for much else than being a bog? Also they are meant to have consulted, but I live facing the park and was amazed yesterday to learn all the plans that they had had for right in front of my house, which I knew nothing about. No one consulted (define consultation?) with me, just the same as when I came home one day and found a fence had been erected and was also told that I had been consulted about this.

  2. Barney Bardsley says:

    We dont ‘suddenly’ care, we dont need to join friends of Alexandra Park to value the park, we all love the park and have been using it for years. The horror of all this is ‘nobody’ knew about these plans but a select band of people who did an astounding job of keeping it to themselves. I live next to, and have used the park for years and only found out about the plans through a protesters flier. Why couldnt the Council do that ? Why couldnt they put signs on all the entrances of the park through summer ? I think we know the reason, they know they would have had a fight on their hands when people found out the extent of the destruction. The ‘consultation’ was a joke the tree felling a crime and the Council should be ashamed of themselves. My fears now go beyond whats planned and to the possible development of the park for commercial property. The coalitions tearing up of planning regulations and the clearing of trees usually means the developers will want a piece of the park. I know these are only fears, but I just dont trust such an underhanded undemocratic Council as MCC.

  3. Byron Sting says:

    Though I do believe the park is a better off being opened up (cleared) where it has been, I do agree with you both on the lack of consultation. It’s not the right way to go about things and yet it pretty much is the way all councils operate.

  4. Jo Campbell says:

    I applied to become a Friend of Alex Park but no-one had the decency to get back to me. For the record, I have always cared.

  5. EvadneK says:

    Local Goverment politics and the age old issue of Government vs. people aside, I have to say that my gut reaction to this is that it looks plainly ungrateful. There are people in areas of this city, who run projects within communities of this city, who would look at Whalley Range residents with disgust. I am not someone who opposes protest, nor am I naive enough to think that the City Council have not been deceitful. However, looking at a wider social and economic picture and trying to picture this from the outside looking in, frankly it probably doesn’t rate as hugely important with a lot of people. So I would say this. You are not the only people who live in Whalley Range, you are not the only ones who enjoy the park (as I have for the last 39 years). If the council stand accused of lack of consultation, exactly what are your plans to consult us all on your tactics, or even your plans for our park? Or is your intention just to hold up the project so no one benefits at all? I understand your scientific, environmental and political arguments, but what do you say to the 10,000 Whalley Range residents who haven’t signed your petition when asked…”who died and made you god”?

  6. pomfrog says:

    As I know many people have pointed out before, this is not about being against improving the park – I think we can all agree that it needs a significant amount of work, including the necessary felling of some trees and the long-overdue maintenance of others. However – there is already ample space in the park for sports facilities, flower beds, etc. – as the ‘About’ page of this blog states, it’s not an either/or situation. Furthermore, if the council had carried out an open, transparent consultation in the first place, we would not be in this situation now.

  7. louwriter says:

    There are innumerable brownfield sites and hundreds of ‘Office space to rent’ sites in Manchester which will never be occupied. These could be developed by social and private housing, leisure and amenity interests at minimal cost and zero environmental impact to accomodate a burgeoning Manchester population and its activities.There would be no loss of habitat to parks, existing green spaces or street trees. There is ample provision of leisure and sports facilities near Alexandra Park and the value of this and other parks to fulfil the need for leisure and exercise is already present without having to invest or spend. Urban areas need trees more than ever.Sometimes minimal interference with a pre-exisiting amenity such as a park is far more useful and intelligent than change for the sake of being seen to be ‘doing something’

    Manchester’s aspiration to become Britain’s greenest city, once voiced by Richard Leese himself and embraced by the Red Rose Forest initiatives has been shameully abandonned. The only green thing happening now is the go-ahead green light on felling mature trees and ‘clearing’ the shrubbery that has been part of the precious and beautiful Alexandra Park.
    .
    The value of trees and their understory is incalculable, but some of their benefits include the provision of O2, storage of CO2, stabilisation of soil, uptake of water(both of these deter flooding significantly) the regulation of climate, the calming of traffic, the absorption of pollutants and noise and the provision of habitat for wildlife. They also soften hard landscaping and are proven to improve the health and wellbeing of city dwellers. This is why they have so often been incorporated into the layout of public buildings such as hospitals in the past. The Countess of Chester Hospital is one such example.

    Once lost, they can never be replaced, as they have taken time not just to reach maturity but to build the ecosystem which supports the environment around them.

    In development on brownfield sites, there would be no need to reroute footpaths (or other public amenities), reconfigure highways and other hard landscaping, as most of these would already be in place. Nobody would lose.

    Louise Stothard, Tree Warden (Tree Council) and former resident, Whalley Range.

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