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'Vandalism of Blackburn and Darwen's trees must stop'

A REVIEW of Blackburn with Darwen’s tree and woodland strategy must stop the “vandalism” of the borough felling too much historic timber without reason, a senior councillor has said.

Liberal Democrat Paul Browne said current guidelines saw too many trees “being lopped down unnecessarily”. The review, the first for seven years, was revealed when the borough’s executive board met at Darwen Town Hall last night.

As the senior councillors discussed a petition regarding unsafe branches at the rear of Cemetery Road in Darwen, environment boss Faryad Hussain revealed the current policy for such matters was being re-examined in the light of changes in the borough and its finances since 2006.

He said: “The council is reviewing its tree and woodland strategy, although it is unlikely that additional resources will be available for tree work.

“We understand that our trees are important to people and are reviewing our trees and woodland strategy in light of recent changes in the council.”

Sudell councillor Browne disagreed, saying: “The current policy seems to allow too many trees to be lopped down unnecessarily.

“It’s nothing less than vandalism. We need to do more to protect them and this review needs to take that into account.” The meeting was told most work on the overhanging trees at the back of Cemetery Road was completed last month and the final branches were being removed last night.

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8:41pm Fri 18 Jan 13

joemarch1 says...

And just what are the qualifications of the environment "boss". Perhaps he's just used to living in a concrete jungle. Green areas need regular and professional management
And just what are the qualifications of the environment "boss". Perhaps he's just used to living in a concrete jungle. Green areas need regular and professional management joemarch1
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7:00am Sat 19 Jan 13

Info-warrior says...

'Vandalism of Blackburn and Darwen's trees must stop'


Bring back birching..!
'Vandalism of Blackburn and Darwen's trees must stop' Bring back birching..! Info-warrior
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9:21am Sat 19 Jan 13

happycyclist says...

Trees ARE important to people.
Trees ARE important to people. happycyclist
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11:50am Sat 19 Jan 13

A Darener says...

happycyclist wrote:
Trees ARE important to people.
Well they can have mine with pleasure they're a blooming nuisance.
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: Trees ARE important to people.[/p][/quote]Well they can have mine with pleasure they're a blooming nuisance. A Darener
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6:52pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Noiticer says...

One of the positive aspects of the Borough has been the maturing of trees planted in the 1970's and 80's bringing greenery in the summer to former bare urban landscapes. Let's have more tree planting to ensure there is a succession of mature trees to brighten our lives in what can be a grim urban landscape.
One of the positive aspects of the Borough has been the maturing of trees planted in the 1970's and 80's bringing greenery in the summer to former bare urban landscapes. Let's have more tree planting to ensure there is a succession of mature trees to brighten our lives in what can be a grim urban landscape. Noiticer
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2:25pm Fri 25 Jan 13

hi everyone says...

the locals need something to swing on
the locals need something to swing on hi everyone
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