Felling our trees is coun­cil ‘van­dal­ism’

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

DEAR Edi­tor, Some 25 years ago I felt ex­tremely for­tu­nate to move to my present ad­dress. On the out­skirts of the city away from the con­crete jun­gle, I glo­ried in the ver­dant sur­round­ings, with su­perb ma­ture trees spread across the es­tate in ma­jes­tic pro­fu­sion.

Sadly, due to ne­glect and a lack of sen­si­ble man­age­ment, a mis­guided Birm­ing­ham City Coun­cil has, with­out con­sul­ta­tion, de­cided upon a pro­gramme of whole­sale de­struc­tion.

At the last count more than a dozen healthy trees have been felled, in­clud­ing three mag­nif­i­cent spec­i­mens pre­vi­ously viewed from my large win­dow.

This de­struc­tion is noth­ing less than van­dal­ism on an in­dus­trial scale by an un­sym­pa­thetic coun­cil hell bent on re­mov­ing a once much val­ued nat­u­ral com­mu­nity re­source.

Fur­ther­more this mind­less act has erad­i­cated nat­u­ral habi­tats much to the dis­plea­sure of now an­gered res­i­dents.

Pete Matthews, We­o­ley Cas­tle, Birm­ing­ham

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