Plans to cut down a number of young trees by the Kennet & Avon Canal in Devizes have been postponed so ecologists can monitor the situation.
The Canal & River Trust, the charity that cares for the waterway, put up posters around the area to ask what people think about removing the trees, after concerns were raised that they could affect the new towpath surface and cause problems for canal users in the future.
The Trust received a wide range of responses both for and against the plans, and has for now decided to monitor the growth of the trees instead of chopping them down.
Laura Mullholland, ecologist at the Canal & River Trust, said: “We were overwhelmed by the huge range of responses we got to this plan, both from people who thought it was the right thing to do, and from those who would be sad to see the trees go. We only ever remove trees when there’s a really good reason to, and have decided that in this case we can leave them be for the time being.
“It’s been great to see people from the local community show such concern for the environment. We’re currently in the process of planting up Jubilee Woodland, which is just by Caen Hill locks, with thousands of trees, so we’re really hoping that lots of people will be up for giving us a hand. If you’re interested in getting involved, please do get in touch.”
The Canal & River Trust’s Kennet & Avon waterway partnership will also be holding an open meeting this week for people to discuss the canal. It will take place on September 15 at The Wharf, Devizes between 4 and 8pm, and will include the launch of the Trust’s new welcome boat, The Admiral, as well as a light buffet, family activities and the opportunity to speak to people from around the Trust.
See our previous story regarding the original plans for the trees here