Month: February 2017

disappearing trees of roath part 2

park closures have been more limited than i anticipated \o/ currently confined only to sections of roath mill gardens and waterloo gardens, where the trees had already been tagged with numbers. which leaves time for me to raise awareness of the works further north.

lo-res phone pic
 

i tagged about half a dozen of the trees-to-be-felled through roath brook gardens today. plan is to continue tagging though roath mill gardens and place notices at the gates…

notice
notice

choosing such a visible mark was deliberate; neither me nor my local friends had any awareness of the works, even though they affect our day-to-day lives. i weighed up the impact of  semi-permanently marking a condemned tree vs entirely-permanently removing the same tree. i want these trees to really be seen, more than anything.

i’ve used specialist forestry paint, that causes no harm to the trees, and applied the stencils in more- and less-obvious areas.  i don’t want to spoil anyone’s walk or view but at the same time i don’t want these trees to go down in a sea of silence. i haven’t tagged every tree-to-go, just some of those that would take a mark well. if i got one wrong i’m happy to scrub it off once the parks are re-opened 🙂

the trees are being felled for flood defence works. this interweaving of “human” and “natural” influence is the reason for making these works.

disappearing trees of roath

flood defence works on cardiff’s roath brook will entail extensive construction work and tree removal. as a reasonably local resident i was oblivious to these works until about 10 days ago.

disappearing trees of roath #69
disappearing trees of roath #69

roath’s many parks are a fantastic local amenity, the result of impressive victorian ambition and forward thinking. they stretch from the wild gardens in the north, past roath park lake, through the pleasure gardens and recreation ground, through roath mill and waterloo gardens to railways gardens in the south.

disappearing trees of roath #36
disappearing trees of roath #36 (mike’s tree)

as a regular walker, come rain or shine, i spend a lot of time in and around cardiff’s parks and will be sad to see the demise of some beautiful trees. i wanted to take their final portraits before the parks close to the public.

disappearing trees of roath #31
disappearing trees of roath #31

my timing hasn’t been the best – i imagined i had months rather than days. i hoped to draw public attention beyond the immediate area to the loss of these trees. as the parks close for good on monday i’ve had to telescope a month-long project into a couple of days.

disappearing trees of roath #65
disappearing trees of roath #65