News reaches me that Sefton Council is likely to remove a street tree in Coppull Road due to it leaning over and obstructing the pavement.
Now as a life-long tree-hugger this worries me but having looked at the tree I have to admit that something needs doing and removal looks to be the only safe way forward – with a replacement tree being provided too of course.
Formby folk are not ones to take decisions they don’t like or think may be wrong on the chin. And things have been hotting up in the village shopping centre in recent times where more beautiful mature trees are in line to be cut down by big brother Sefton Council in Chapel Lane – trees like this one:-
Formby Parish Council were amongst those leading the charge on behalf of angry local Formby folk and they even engaged their own tree expert to see if a more positive solution to keep and preserve the trees could be found.
I’m an environmental campaigner at heart so it’s probably no surprise to anyone that knows me that I see the cutting down of mature trees as a last resort after all other possibilities have been exhausted, especially trees that have been a part of the local street scene for decades.
As I type this posting it seems that all potentially viable options may indeed have been exhausted and sadly Sefton Council plans to remove the elderly street trees in October with Formby Parish Council providing funds for new trees to be planted.
Here’s a link to a page on Formby Parish Council’s web site about the trees:-
With thanks to Chris for the lead to this story.
Seen from Stanley Road Bootle, Liverpool. The trees were planted a few years ago along Stanley Road to green up this brick, concrete and tarmac urban environment. Sadly, last year a whole row of these trees outside the Strand Shopping Centre were stripped of their bark. Let’s hope those who care nothing for our environment do not strike again.
The photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-
How very sad that someone decided to try to end the life of this formerly healthy tree which is outside Bootle’s Strand Shopping Centre. Why would anyone do such a thing? It beggars belief to me as an environmental campaigner.