Dumfries residents campaign to save 100-year old lime trees

Residents of Dumfries are campaigning to make sure that their community does not lose a vital piece of its identity. Generations have lived in the shadows of the lime trees that grow in Dumfries, and these trees have also become part of so many fond memories. The lime trees are now a permanent feature that identifies with the landscape, and without them it would look so odd to the residents who have over the years become accustomed to their presence.

The campaigns are being carried out by the residents of the community so that they can put a stop to the plans made by the council to fell the trees. Residents caught wind of the plans made by the council to fell 10 trees; some of these trees are believed to over 100 years old and demanded proof by measured survey.

It is the intention of the council to fell these trees located at the towns play park on Catherine Street for the purpose of developing it for the disabled to use; while it can never be disputed that this is surely a kind and lovely gesture by the council, it does not make it acceptable to do wrong in order to do what is perceived as a greater good.

Some residents while protesting against this unprecedented move by the council have expressed dismay at how insensitive the council was to their plight. A resident by the name Robin Wishart, along with neighbours, believes that it would be a shame if the trees which he claims to have played on as a little boy are felled. He claims to have been living in the town for over 60 years and that he has always hoped he will be able to see his grandchildren play on these trees which he, and his children had played on in their childhood.

According to residents the trees have always appeared to be in good condition until the council had come in earlier to chop parts off the top of the trees because they were supposedly top heavy. Apparently it has been discovered that a survey had been carried out last November, and the results prompted the recommendation by a tree surgeon that 10 of the trees from among 35 trees were to be brought down.

Sections of the protesting residents have put forward suggestions that the councils do not have to shelve the plans to build a more inclusive park for the disabled because of their objection to the planned felling of the lime trees, they recommend that the council simply went elsewhere to build the facility and leave the trees alone.

Among the loud clamours against the move, some people like Dr Andrzej Zieleniec are of the opinion that since it was recommended by a commissioned expert who gave a professional opinion that the trees were not in good shape, and had to be brought down, then it would be best if such a directive is obeyed. He proposed that new trees and shrubs could be replanted later to make up the loss of the lime trees.

It should not be a surprise that the residents of Dumfries have reacted in this manner because it is obvious that these trees, God’s gift of nature to them, are now of great sentimental value to them, and they do not want to lose them.