Whilst out and about patrolling the streets and parks of Carlisle, I have noticed over recent weeks that a number of our trees are being cut down for no apparent reason.
A recent walk through Rickerby Park in Carlisle revealed that the six or so trees which surrounded the War Memorial in the middle of the park had just been felled.
Sawdust still lay on the ground undisturbed by the wind or rain.
Looking back into my photographic files I found an image of them growing during 2010. You can see the trees were only young with trunks around 6 -10 cm wide.
The latest picture also shows that at least an evergreen tree has also been felled.
It is quite puzzling, in this era where growing trees and plants is encouraged, why these specimens have been removed from the landscape, as they appear to have been doing no harm.
According to the Carlisle City Council website some trees in the City are protected ( Tree Preservation Order) and special permission has to be sought before they are removed. It is not thought this is required in this case, so why have they gone?
Old Trees felled
Sadly the trees in Rickerby Park are not the only ones recently felled.
In a park just off Newtown Road in the City three sizeable trunks are all that remain of plants also culled by the chainsaw.
Although these trees were near to a playground, they have stood for many years and offered shade and a home for birds and other wildlife for decades.
It would appear that in both cases new trees have not been planted nearby to compensate for their loss.
So what is going on with the trees in the City. Are numbers decreasing, are they chopped for safety, are they affected by disease or is it a cost saving exercise?
Do you know why it appears trees are being felled across the City? Let me know in the comments area below.
Until next time,