Today on 10th March 2021 at 17:49 a member of Winstanley Bird and Tree Spotters Club witnessed: “There were a pair of birds in the tree and one flew directly into the nest I think from the sky and then flew to a branch before I started filming and then the bird got back in the nest”
Says Marcus: ‘It’s been a wonderful time, an emotionally intense time, to see so many people coming together on the ground and online over this issue. These people have now been given a voice. If the tree had simply been cut down last Monday, this wouldn’t have happened.
‘It all feels really strong and powerful. We’ve had ups and downs, difficult times and fun times, music and dancing, banners and clapping, and children shouting “Save the trees”.
‘The initial planning was done really badly, without proper consultation. Initially this tree was not due to be chopped down, it wasn’t part of the initial application, then they just added it. There are a lot of things to be rectified. With community involvement we now have this opportunity.’
‘Trees take hundreds of years to grow and seconds to cut down,’ said actor Jason Fleming, who visited the protesters and brought them food supplies on Monday. ‘In an ever-expanding metropolis it is difficult and expensive to develop around living trees, but we owe it to our kids to let them play under the branches of urban green spaces and not in barren concrete pens.’
‘We need to get to a place where developers see mature trees the same way they see roads or listed buildings – as something they have to plan around rather than destroy,’
Monday 1st March 2021
Tree protectors resisting the death and destruction of the 100-year-old Black Poplar tree in York Gardens, have entered their second week of occupation in the tree.
Three tree protectors arrived overnight on Sunday 21st/Monday 22nd February, and two of them have been in the tree continuously since then despite numerous attempts to illegally evict them.
Monday 1st March marked the 7th day of occupation, with tree protectors enduring close to freezing temperatures, as well as the illegal removal of their possessions out of the tree, including food and personal items.
Security guards have also been keeping people awake, including with barking dogs and bright lights.
People are encouraged by the growing campaign to save the tree, with a series of events and growing awareness and support among the neighbouring communities.
Reports on these events to come soon!