Tree destruction angers community

2016-06-28 06:00
The damage done to Erythrinas on Old Main Road. Photo: supplied

The damage done to Erythrinas on Old Main Road. Photo: supplied

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HILLCREST, once known as a beautiful green and leafy suburb, is slowly been transformed into a “grey” environment, as developers along Old Main Road are cutting down trees in front of their business, say environmental organistions.

According to the Keep Hillcrest Beautiful Association, the Hillcrest Conservancy and the Springside Nature Reserve such practises are condemned.

These organisations give voluntarily of their time and resources in improving and maintaining the beauty and ambience of the village, and according to them, this is not respected by those who destroy and mutilate in the name of riches.

According to Marge Mitchell of the Keep Hillcrest Beautiful Association, it is understood that the reason for the removal of trees is to “increase patronage” by making the business more prominently visible.

“This is a spurious excuse as the many businesses that have planted trees and maintained their gardens are setting an outstanding example and helping to enhance the beauty and ambiance of the area, and the trees around their property have in no way diminished their clientele.

“Shame on those who destroy and mutilate in the name of profit,” she said.

Mitchell urged businesses to not destroy the environment and to find ways to preserve the heritage of the area.

She said those who have cut trees on municipal land will be fined as the property does not belong to them.

For more information, contact Mitchell on mmitchell@tiscali.co.za

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