What do Groningers think of the plan to cut five of the eleven trees at the foot of the A-tower? Fine, or are they going to battle?
Walk for trees on A-cemetery in Groningen (+ videos)
This week it becomes clear how many Stadjers object to the logging permit that the municipality provided to itself for the majestic lime tree, two American oaks, an elm and a horse chestnut.
The five trees stand, with six others (of which one is still transplanted), for years in the city center on the former cemetery at the Munnekeholm. They have to leave for a redesign. There is more room due to the disappearance of the bus lane. In addition to yellow pebbles on the narrowed road, the city wants to realize a public "sitting / living area" with separate chairs. In front of the door of the tower, behind a hedge of planters.
There has been a nice discussion about the idea recently. Some think it's nice that the city literally and figuratively 'throws open' the current beds. After all, fewer trees mean more light and that is precisely what the current location lacks: it is very bleak because of the trees. Almost no one uses the paths between A-cemetery north and south.
Others find tree-cutting out of the question, the foundation Trees Knights in front. It submits a notice of objection (which can last for the last time) and calls on citizens to join that objection. The more people participate, the heavier the protest weighs. The foundation will hold a walk-in meeting in the Globe at the A-kerkhof on Thursday from 15:30 to 17:00.
No long life
She calls it incomprehensible that the municipality is still cutting trees in the city at this time. Even though research shows that the younger trees do not have a long life (remarkable detail: they were planted at the time to replace the older ones at their time, but they still live). The majestic lime has a limited life expectancy anyway. That its impressive branches can get rid of, according to the organization is no problem. "Then you support it. People also walk on crutches. "
On a cold day in March, the foundation already held a busy 'run-up' under the trees with protest from young and old. With the exception of seven council members (Party for the Animals, 100% Groningen, CDA and Stad & Ommeland), the municipal council agreed to the design that month. And now you only have a legal objection.