Councillor Alastair Majury on Dunblane Haugh Tree Replacement

Following the felling of 42 poplar trees, Stirling Council is looking to understand what the community view is on how to replace them. I secured a commitment from Council officers when it was decided to fell the trees that the whole community be consulted on its replacement, given the importance and prominence of this area.

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 fastigiata, white bark

Betula fastigiata, white bark

Betula redder bark

Betula redder bark

Quercus fastigiata

Quercus fastigiata

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 myself, Stirling Council will allow trees to be sponsored/donated in the memory of a loved one. Stirling Council were initially against the idea of allowing memorial plaques at the base of the tree, however if Dunblane Development Trust and Dunblane Community Council agree with the idea of memorial plaques, then Stirling Council will look into allowing memorial plaques in greater detail.

Due to the proximity of the rail line, there are limited tree species that Stirling Council can plant to replace the cut trees.

The poplars were planted to commemorate the coronation in 1953. Dunblane Environment Group volunteers, who maintain the border and beds in The Haugh for the community, called in Land Services then condemned all as a danger to the public; so they were felled.

If you have suggestions for alternative species that you would like to see, I can direct these suggestions to the relevant officer who can take them onboard or explain the reasons why they aren’t suitable.

If you would like to sponsor a tree in memory of a loved one please also get in touch with myself and I can find out what the next steps are from the officers.

Members of the community are invited to comment on this choice of trees no later than Sunday 24th November 2019 you can email the Dunblane Development Trust — info@DunblaneDevelopmentTrust.com with Haugh Trees in the subject line.

You can also complete my survey and encourage others to do the same to help ensure it is representative of what the community would like to see.

Please complete by the end of November.

Alastair Majury resides locally in the historic Scottish city of Dunblane, and is a Senior Regulatory Business Analyst working across the country. Alastair Majury also serves on the local council (Stirling Council) as Councillor Alastair Majury where he represents the ward of Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, topping the poll.

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I am a Chartered Member of CISI, which is the UK’s leading securities and investment professional body. Alastair Majury resides locally in Dunblane.

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Alastair Majury

Alastair Majury

I am a Chartered Member of CISI, which is the UK’s leading securities and investment professional body. Alastair Majury resides locally in Dunblane.

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