Cllr Majury On Council Seeks Whole Community View on Replacing 42 Felled Trees
The community are able to provide their views on the proposals via an online survey (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DunblaneTrees) where they can also indicate if they would like to have a memorial tree, by the end of this month (November).
Council Seeks Whole Community View on Replacing 42 Felled Trees
In August Stirling Council felled 42 Popular Trees, the poplars were planted to commemorate the coronation in 1953 and several years ago began falling during storms, one by one, as they reached the end of their natural lives. Dunblane Environment Group volunteers, who maintain the border and beds in The Haugh for the community, recently called in Land Services to check the trees. Stirling Council’s tree surgeon then condemned all 42 as a danger to the public, and they were felled.
Representatives from the Dunblane Development Trust and Dunblane Community Council have met with Stirling Council. Stirling Council suggested five suitable species, Dunblane Development Trust and Dunblane Community Council have ruled two of these out. The current proposed species are: Betula fastigiate — white bark, Betula — redder bark, and Quercus fastigiate. The thought for planting was groups of 5 or 6 in a grouping of the different species of Betula with the odd Quercus planted to break this up.
After a request by local Councillor Alastair Majury, Stirling Council will allow trees to be sponsored/donated in the memory of a loved one. Due to the proximity of the rail line, there are limited tree species that Stirling Council can plant to replace the cut trees. However, Stirling Council are open to other species being suggested by the community and will review the suggestions to see if they are suitable given the constraints of the location.
In August Dunblane and Bridge of Allan Councillor Alastair Majury highlighted that it was important that the entire community have an opportunity to have our say and what will replace these trees, so in addition to consulting with the Dunblane Community Council and Dunblane Development Trust, the council are also keen to hear from the entire community. The community are able to provide their views on the proposals via an online survey (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DunblaneTrees) where they can also indicate if they would like to have a memorial tree, by the end of this month (November).
Local Dunblane and Bridge of Allan Councillor Alastair Majury said:
“I’m pleased that Stirling Council recognises that the replacement of these trees, deserves the entire community being consulted, in order to help ensure that the replacements are what a majority of the community agrees with. I would urge as many people as possible to complete the survey and to let their friends and neighbours know about it.”