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Save the trees in Kimberley's park Hall Om Wong.

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Broxtowe Borough Council's grounds maintenance and arboricultural service want to cut down over 40 trees in Kimberley's Hall Om Wong recreational space. Broxtowe Borough Council (BBC) wrote a letter announcing their decision of "thinning out” some trees including generic explanations, for example, to help biodiversity. Consequently some concerned residents, another Kimberley Town Councillor and myself (also a Town Councillor) met with the service manager on site to discuss the reasons behind the selection of trees. The manager was unable to provide the specific reasons as it was not him who actually chose the individual trees. He argued that some trees are too close to the surrounding fences, some trees are not native (Horse Chestnut), and some might die soon (although currently healthy). It was also argued that biodiversity would benefit, and in an recent Eastwood Advertiser article, BBC said that they wanted bluebells to grow there. Somehow BBC claims that less trees would enhance bluebells. This is ridiculous as bluebells grow in woods underneath trees.

We do not accept these reasons as valid. I accept that generally native trees are better for biodiversity, however these established trees have been part of the woods for years now. There is a large Willow Tree, to which the service manage stated, needed to go as it had grown to its full potential, and would die in the next few years. This is not acceptable it is now a healthy and beautiful tree.

Owls and bats have been sighted and heard at night, these trees form part of their habitat. Birds and other wildlife have been suffering from the ever decreasing green land that has been necessary for their habitat. We must be very mindful about this, rather than just cutting trees down.

Standing in front of the park and looking at it, there is an area on the left top, where BBC wants to cut down most trees. That would mean that at that spot, the remaining trees would be so spars that it would not be a wood anymore. Residents who live behind there will get an increased air and noise pollution from the main road without the trees shielding them. Many of the trees there are Cherry Trees which blossom beautifully in the spring. Losing these trees will not only increase noise and pollution but also they will have a full view of the road and a caravan site.

We call for Broxtowe Borough Council to stop their plans in cutting down these 40 trees, and review these plans fully.  


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