What’s this protest all about?

Visit the About page to find out. Here are Positive Action Steps to protest. And here’s lots of thing you can do to save the trees and wildlife

Great Spotted Woodpecker

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local residents campaigning against unnecessary tree felling visit the site

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28 Responses to What’s this protest all about?

  1. Jill Anderson says:

    well let’s go through the alphabet. it’s about Accountability, Birds and bats, Consultation (lack of and need for), Destruction of habitat, Ecology on local and planetary level, Felling unnecessary, General disregard for public opinion, Heron nests, Insects, J ,Killing wildlife, Local needs, M, Natural spaces, Ownership, Participation, Quality of contractor’s work, Rushing the job, S, Trees, U , V , Weeping Ash, X , You, Z Anyone fill in the missing ones?
    Jill

  2. Simon Marsh says:

    J – Jays
    M – Mycorrhizae and healthy soil
    S – Sustainability
    U Understory plant and animals
    V – Valuable habitat loss
    X – Xylem and plant growth
    Z – Zero chance for nature if their habitat is destroyed

  3. Simon Marsh says:

    I noticed the petition has now reached almost 3000 supporters! The Council will probably try to dismiss the petition by saying many of the people who signed it are not local residents or regular park users. However if you look at the comments left by people signing the petition over 90% come from people in Manchester which demonstrates a good level of local support for preserving the trees and wildlife habitats within the park.

  4. Byron Sting says:

    I would imagine most people who signed the petition did so without loomibg at the plans. Manchester City Council has made so many awful decisions that we are used to being disappointed. So my initial response to this was to sign. However once I had a look at the plans for the park, I supported them. People I have spoken to who have signed the petition now agree they signed withoit really understanding what was going on. This is a great opportunity to bring a beautiful, neglected park back to a grade park for all the community. I cant wait to use the tennis courtsand I know of many in this community who feel the same way.

  5. cultureprobe says:

    Byron, please read the About page. None of us are against renovation of building and improved sports & leisure facilities. The issue is unnecessary tree felling and wildlife habitat clearance.

  6. Byron Sting says:

    I’ve read it. I can’t pretend to be 100% happy about the destruction of so many trees, not at all. But after having a look at the plans and taking a walk around the park I do feel that this could be very good for the park. I really do I’m afraid.

    • markminard says:

      There are 300 trees still to be cut plus 125 small ones and 3 acres of shrubs etc still to be cut. Only 100 gone or so so far!

      I didn’t enjoy the wind on the now exposed terrace which will takes 20 to 40 years if there were any significant windbreak of trees close to the new to be open path on the new plan of which the closest are very far away by the Claremont Rd fence.

      To have any sense of a woodland aspect to the park in the city is to be celebrated in my view. An asset.

      I loved the walk in the leafy path close to Lime avenue. It was a soft hi-light of my time in the park. Pity it will be lost

  7. Stevie says:

    Byron you too are a traitor and will be somehow connected to the council (prob an insider) and not to be trusted. Go away! the sense of feeling is against you i’m afraid. You are working for the enemy and we are not fooled!

  8. pomfrog says:

    Byron – I think the point is that it’s possible to have both. We can have tennis courts in the park, and flower beds, a coffee shop, etc, and areas that need work (including necessary tree felling) should be maintained. Nobody so far has been able to explain to us why it’s necessary to get rid of so many trees, and so much wildlife habitat.

  9. jaylad says:

    Byron, I don’t know how many people you actually know maybe it is up in the thousands but Im pretty sure the amount of people who signed the petition without fully understanding whats going on to be a select few only! Unfortunately it sounds like you been blinded by the councils lovely pretty pictures and promises of cucumber sandwiches whilst enjoy a spot of tennis, Have a look at the tennis courts we are left with now and you’ll see what we will be left with in 10yrs time, Not only is there abundance of local tennis courts but this will become a further strain on the councils budgets and when times get tough again this will be the first thing cut and left to rot! Shame but the truth and in short a waste of probably what could be useful local funding. Just one of the poorly thought over council plans.

    • Byron Sting says:

      Jaylad

      Not blinded, n
      Took a walk through an hour ago. I feel the park will be a better park opened up a little.

      • Simon Marsh says:

        What impact will ‘opening up’ the park have on wind speeds and on the stability of trees that aren’t being felled? If you fell hundreds of wind-firm trees, this exposes less wind-firm trees to damaging gusts. In the worse case scenario, ‘opening up’ the park could result in dozens of trees being blown over in a single storm and somebody being killed or seriously injured.

        Clearing trees has wider implications for the environment than just the visual change in the landscape. This is why deforestation is regulated under the forestry provisions of the EU Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations.

  10. Lee says:

    I have been involved in parks for years and volunteer all the time to help the green spaces in Manchester be a safe clean environment for kids to play and people to enjoy. Over the years Alexandra park has been used by prostitutes , drug users and drunks I don’t feel this so called litter filled bush walk is all you make it out to be. We have struggled getting people to help with projects in the park even just litter picking, but now people who didn’t have a concern before all of a sudden come from all over to save the park that they never got involved in. The people who care about the park were at the meeting and helped with the decisions made to improve the park and make it more manageable. The same people who went to the meetings secured 5 gardening jobs in this park for 5 years to help maintain the park. I see kids playing on the run down tennis courts all the time and the people that care will see they are kept in a good way to help keep kids off the street and in safe environments and not a needle infested bush walk….
    The talks have been going on for two years about this development… If you cared enough you would have been there…!
    Get involved in your local parks before its too late..

  11. Levi Rowe says:

    man I just went for a run in my favourite park and I couldnt believe my own face 😦 They have killed the trees man, they are all dead 😦 I felt like somebody took a knife and stab it through my heart. I havent cried over a tree before but man I bawled like a sea lion today and even the squirrels look vex. Shaking and crying right now 😦

    • jaylad says:

      I feel sorry for the children, Why do they have to be left with a baron wasteland, Some of the children locally live in poverty and the woodlands of Alexandra park was there only chance to see such beauty and wildlife!

  12. carnage has started most sycomore avenue trees have been destroyed friends of alex park take alook at your shamful deed says:

    we have to save whats left ,as many people as pos on sat 1 0.clock make ourselfs heard

  13. Levi Rowe says:

    I was in the bookies today.and no word of a lie the guy from Chicken Run said that they are gonna turn the park into a Tesco. Said he has seen the plans?

  14. I no longer live in Manchester, but used to live very near Alexandra Park. I find the idea of destroying healthy mature trees anywhere, but especially in a city, very odd and think there have to be very serious reasons to do any such thing. Simply ‘re-juvenating’ a park would not count as good enough for me. As has been said, all these things get done, then the money runs dry and the tennis courts etc get left to fall into disrepair. It would be much more sensible to have a long term plan that preserved as much as possible of what is there so that money could be ring-fenced for maintenance of what is newly constructed or repaired. Unfortunately it sounds like a lot of damage has already been done. I wish all those taking action the very best of luck in arriving at a compromise which preserves as much as possible of what remains. I hope someone listens before more of what cannot be replaced has been lost.
    Levi Rowe I know exactly how you feel. When I moved to East Manchester I cried regularly at the fact that the local youths had stripped the bark from trees leaving them to die. Oddly enough the council called these youths vandals and tried to prevent them from accessing the park.

  15. Bio diversity says:

    I go past the park everyday to study environmental science. I am absolutely horrified with what they have done. All we learn about is habitat preservation and preventing loss of biodiversity. What were they thinking? Removing that many trees will have a severe impact on the species present. It looks like a wasteland now, and for what, TENNIS COURTS?

    • Byron Sting says:

      Tennis courts wii bring people into the park? Isn’t that a park is for, people?

      • pomfrog says:

        There are already tennis courts in the park which have been neglected for years. Why not bring people into the park by doing those up instead of destroying habitat in a completely different area of the park to create new ones?

      • Simon Marsh says:

        Byron, do you think the £10 million the Council spent redesigning Piccadilly Gardens was a good use of public money?

        Old Piccadilly Gardens

        New Piccadilly Gardens

        When Piccadilly Gardens were redeveloped, the Council justified this by saying the original gardens with their formal Victorian flower beds were out of date and too expensive to maintain… Ten years on the Council are now spending £2.2 million transforming Alexandra Park into how Piccadilly Gardens used to look!

        Piccadilly Gardens used to be an oasis of trees, plants, flowers and wildlife. The Council spent £10 million ‘improving’ it. Ten years on read for yourself what the ‘people’ think…

        http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g187069-d195810-r127790742-Piccadilly_Gardens-Manchester_Greater_Manchester_England.html

  16. Byron Sting says:

    Because they are putting the courts in an area of the park where it needs people. It’s been the grim side of the park for many years and has always been thought of as unsafe by many.

    • pomfrog says:

      A more positive, less destructive solution would be to work with what was already there – beautiful old trees, a huge variety of wild birds, etc. – and properly consult with local people to come up with creative ways of re-engaging them with this part of the park.

      The fact that this areas was allegedly “thought of as unsafe” is not a good enough reason to destroy a wildlife habitat – people’s perceptions can be altered in other ways, and making a space safe can also be achieved without the needless felling of trees. Doing it this way is lazy, thoughtless and destructive.

  17. Marian Hussenbux says:

    To make sure the councillors and other officers know that we ex-Whalley Rangers loved Alexandra Park the way it was, I have several times repeated my objections to this mindless destruction. They reply, constantly reiterating the wonders of tennis courts and how the park used to be a den of drug takers. Is there a serious environmentalist, or lover of nature, among them?
    Electors – why not vote Green at the next opportunity!
    Someone in these comments mentioned Piccadilly Gardens – I feel sorry for those who remember how it used to look, because it is dreary and scruffy now.

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