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Burnley saplings chopped down in blunder
TEN sapling trees have been cut down in a council blunder.
The trees were mowed down by a council contractor who was cutting the grass in Plantation Wood near the nine-hold golf course at Towneley.
They had sprung up from mature trees nearby which were planted as part of the Millennium Forest Project.
Residents slammed the destruction.
Peter Simpson said: "If kids had done this the police would be involved and it would be an act of vandalism.”
And another resident Jane Pier said: "I’ve just run through there. What a mess they have made. It looks hacked.”
Former Burnley MP Peter Pike, who lives nearby and walks his dog in the area, said that the council should put right any damage that had been done.
He said: “If somebody has knocked down some trees when they shouldn’t have done, then it’s out of order.
“I don’t know why on earth somebody would do that.
“The trees in this area were part of the Millennium Forest Project, thousands of trees were planted in Burnley at the time.
“They cut the grass at this location about once a year.
“If the council has done anything damaging then it should be restored.”
Cliviger councillor Andrew Newhouse said: “Obviously you don’t want to cut down trees if you don’t have to, but there’s no way the council will done it on purpose.
“They should take more care. Cutting down trees could have broken the mower. If they’re not looking at what they’re cutting it could be dangerous.”
A spokesman from Burnley Council said: “We did have contractors up there doing mowing on the wild meadow, but we haven’t done any planting there in recent years.
“They are probably self-seeding saplings.
“When we plant saplings we normally put a barrier or other protection around them.”
The Forest of Burnley project was funded by a lottery grant from the Millennium Commission and Forestry Commission grants, together with sponsorship from local businesses, as well as donations from local groups and individuals.
Before 1997 only three per cent of Burnley supported woodland cover, compared to an average of eight per cent in the rest of England. The project aimed to double woodland cover in Burnley by creating 500 hectares of new woodland.
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