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Press enquiries about protest in the park:
Ian Brewer and Chrissy Lowe
the most terrible thing about this is the speed with which they plan to start cutting following their revelation about this … I would certainly like to push for a moratorium on this until we are clearer about what on earth is the reason for this – and what local community organisations thinking is … my understanding is that the HLF grant was only given because the council promised to do good community consultation about the whole project and involve communities throughout (it was turned down the first time they applied because community engagement wasnt sufficient). So
– either they still have no community contact to speak of, in which case the whole project should be halted until they do
– or the communities consulted have not been told about this and are therefore understandably shocked and the felling should be stopped while proper consultastion is done
– or the groups involved agree to this for some reason(s) that are important to know about. I would like to find out the answer to these.
Cutting down trees is always a drastic decision – and so many is seriously shocking. Have they made it for reasons of making other things possible eg bee/bat/other insect-friendly flowering areas? Nearly all activity in parks is contradictory to one ‘user’ or another – trying to find the best balances between human, animal and plant-life needs is continuously tricky (we have found this all the time in Platt Fields) and needs careful consideration. i would very much like to know what the thinking has been with the local organisations to date.
so I absolutely support a call to fell no trees until this topic is examined further, but i do think the opinions of everyone behind this should be sought
I use the park on a daily basis, have been aware of the proposals since 2010 and fully support them. The park is in a poor state of repair, will be better maintained as a result of these improvements, and used by more people.
On a personal note, improved lighting and clearer pathways will make walking in the park after dark (a necessity for a responsible dog owner who works full time) safer and less intimidating.
I love the wildlife in Alex Park, and have counted 18 different species of bird there during my daily jaunts, but it isn’t the unique biosphere some of you seem to think, it’s an urban park that should act as a community hub and provide people with easy access to outdoors and leisure activities. Felling some non-indigenous trees will be of minimal impact, and has been proposed and plans available for years.
The Lee Family would like to wish all involved in Alexndra Park good luck in their fight you will need it
MCC has stated it’s aims as ‘returning the park to the way it is supposed to have looked in Victorian times’. It is well known that Victorians loved all things green & ‘countryfied’, possibly as a much needed counterpoint to the grime & soot that cloaked their cities, especially Manchester, slap bang in t’ middle of t’ industrial North.
If the Council wish to restore the park to it’s former glory for the benefit of all, I for one wish them luck. They’re trying to make it greener, for Heaven’s sake. It’s not like they want to build soulless high-rises there.
I was raised in Chorlton, & knew Alexandra Park well, but I have to say that, even back then, the first signs of neglect were showing through.
If only that were true! Unfortunately there is hard evidence that the council is not seriously trying to make it greener. Biodiversity was never integral to the plans – they produced a Biodiversity Masterplan only because it was made a condition of planning approval (you can check this for yourself, the docs on this site), and even then we had keep on top of them to make sure they were implementing it properly – which initially they weren’t.
All the wildlife charities we have been in contact with have said the speed with which the council is chopping down trees and clearing shrubs is not good practice – it should be done over a much longer time period to allow species to adapt.
Clearing 3 acres of habitat that supports protected and priority species is not, in my view, the action of people who wish to make the park greener.
I definitely do support renovation and the need for sensitive tree and habitat management. This is not the issue for the vast majority of those protesting against the plans (there may well be the odd few who don’t want any renovation). But for me and many others it is and never has been an either/or issue.
What we are asking for is ecologically responsible stewardship. Close study of the plans makes it clear that this is not what the council is currently doing.
This wholesale destruction of wildlife habitat – and the only taste of nature most local residents will get – is far from unique. I’ve been protesting against it in my area since 2002.
It’s been happening all over the country for the last decade under the part-privatised system .
Parks and open spaces no longer afford proper keepers or gardeners but contract with companies for prestige ‘Projects’ (With attendant ‘Green’ PR) which always include the destruction of mature healthy trees.
Always, consultation is actively avoided and always a slew of erroneous ‘reasons’ are given The trees are untidy, ill, there’s a health and safety risk, there’s a problem with insurance, they obscure the view of the trees, they encourage crime, they’re ‘Inferior’ trees, they weren’t planned, they are preventing more trees from growing… anything will do, but the end result will always be chainsaws and a profitable contract in which the wood will be saleable. In my experience, no trees, shrubs or flowers are later planted.
These reasons are no different to the ones used to destroy the rainforests and their effects are the same. More ironic is that these projects are invariably funded as ‘Green projects’ which does a company’s PR no end of good.
One of the first results of mass tree-felling is animal deaths. Animal numbers expand to fill the habitat and as a tree is felled, an entire vertical ecosystem is removed. The animals, plant and insects that live on it can’t ‘move to another tree’ because the other tree is already occupied (Otherwise it would be a dead tree). Mass tree-fellings have a later result of birdfall – an increase of competition for available habitat and the losers litter the area for the following months.
At a time where wildlife habitat is critically low, when most children have never had the chance to climb a real tree and when climate change is finally recognised, this is no time to be destroying these sources of biodiversity and carbon capture which the Victorian businessmen seemed to understand better than ours do.
This is a short term financial scam that denudes our scenery and increases climate change.
Anyone or any organisation that says ‘They’re only some trees’ is exactly one who should never be admitted to a park in the first place. Not only are they vandalising vital parts of our world but they’re encouraging this as a policy for the future and the law – as in so much of the Third World – criminalises those who oppose vandalism.
The short-term effect is to change a wooded place of wonder to a denuded football pitch and to teach children that trees are not merely worthless but actually to be despised. The longer term damage is catastrophic because this is not an isolated incident – it’s a widespread policy.
If this doesn’t stop here, both the park and the future will be bleak.
some people might know me from birley tree protests several years ago.
i have been considering this for a while, and have decided to come out of retirement.
i will be over at some point over the weekend. i just live near kim by sea. so local still for my sins.
need to know and be shown next major trees and see if bit of arial work is needed.
will need rope wood tap windows etc. already started on bit of that anyway
house in the trees anyone???
Mr AYE xxx
have you had any replys yet mate im looking in to doing the same as you too 🙂 but am waiting more info xxx
hi ppl at park ,
iv just seen your videos and thank you for them , BUT it looks like all the trees have been cut down sad to say , please could you tell me or update the facebook page on how many trees are left which can be saved becos i live bout 230 miles away from you guys im happy to come up and put my tent up etc but i would be looking into how i can save the trees etc , update me with news and pics please firstname.lastname@example.org
Is it not an idea for someone to speak on Radio or TV to publically ask the council to prove they had required their agents to act responsibly mitigating the effects on wildlife in their contract so we can show the public how their councillors acted irresponsibly and maybe illegally?
I use the park twice a day to walk my dog and love the space. I am not averse to some of the changes, but of course am sad that so many trees have had to be felled in the process. What saddens me more, however, is the sorry state that the protesters have left the park In after their ‘action’. Ropes are still strewn from trees, a piece of fencing is still strung precariously from trees by the pond (what on earth was that about?), tatty posters and banners are flapping pointlessly from fencing and the debris from the camp is slowly being blown and buffeted everywhere. Thanks to the protesters, a big fat nothing was achieved apart from further trashing of our green space. How you have the nerve to describe yourselves as eco-warriors I’ll never know. If you want to be of some use to the park, get up off your backsides and go and clear up your mess!
I was also surprised to see some remnants of the camp still there when I visited last week. I agree it should get cleared up pronto
I wasn’t involved with the camp but I’m arranging a clean-up this Wed 3rd April afternoon and evening (sunset is 7.45pm so lots of time) so anyone who can come to help would be most welcome
That’s very good of you. Thanks. I hope some of those responsible for the mess turned out to help.
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