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…


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.


5 thoughts on “disappearing trees of roath part 2

  1. Hi
    I spotted your tags yesterday while walking through the parks as I do every weekend
    As a local resident we did know about the works and went to all the meetings and drop in sessions which were held over the last two years. Natural resources wales will tell you that this consultation process happened properly and everyone has time to object etc. In reality the signs advertising the drop in clinics were small, they did not post leaflets around the houses in the area and the drop in clinics were just that – drop in! While many local people have objected to all this work, the level of tree loss and the installation of walls, raising of bridges etc, our voices have gone unheard
    Waterloo gardens will be the worst effected area and where the work has started
    Are you aware that access to the water along the whole of the brook will be very limited ? Almost impossible? That they are replacing the banks w concrete in many places? That walls will line the entire chain of brooks to the Rec area? This place will never be the same I am afraid to say and despite our objections as local residents, this has gone ahead
    Local people are very sad about what is happening and the local mps have been near to useless.
    I believe a few residents are trying to figure out what we can do and may be meeting in Waterloo gardens tomorrow.
    Please continue to raise awareness of this issue as you are

  2. I am not in favour of the flood prevention works (although it’s easy for me to say that – I live uphill from the stream) – but why are some local residents claiming to be in the dark about it? The plans have been making their way through the planning process for several years now and the detailed plans have been on public display on several occasions for days at a time! I sent my email of objection to the council back in November 2015. After that my husband and I attended a “site meeting” on 2nd March 2016 – ie almost a whole year ago. The meeting was open to the public. Anyone who had made an objection to the scheme was personally notified about the meeting and it was advertised on social media. On the day there were 4 concerned local residents at the meeting. Yes – 4. And that included my husband and me. The meeting was otherwise well attended by our local councillors, members of the planning committee and a representative of the environment agency contractor (I can’t remember exactly who he represented but I’m going with that!). Full detailed plans were available at that meeting which included identification of individual trees marked for felling – and this was the subject of much discussion. My husband and I came away from this meeting much encouraged – the councillors were receptive to questions and comments, and the environment agency contractor was very knowledgeable and went out of his way to discuss and address our concerns which ranged across many issues from the tree felling to the concrete banks to the style of the new railings.
    I still don’t feel in favour of the plans – I am very sceptical that the works will not ruin our parks in some way, (in particular the natural habitat for wildlife) but I am also genuinely mystified that any local resident can claim they didn’t know it was happening or profess ignorance of the scale of the works. Better late than never maybe …. but a much greater degree of objection from the local residents somewhat earlier in the process might have been more effective.

    1. i’m surprised too, but that seems to be a common response at least from people i’ve spoken to while out tagging and photographing, and local friends.

      how did you first find out about the scheme rhiannon? i assumed immediate residents were informed directly of the plans, meetings etc. but that it didn’t filter out into the wider community. we didn’t hear a whisper further out in roath.

      could the reason for low attendance be related to lack of public awareness do you think? given that many users of the park aren’t immediate residents.

      for the record, i have no axe to grind here. i was just surprised and saddened to find out so late in the day and wanted to do my part to record and mark the changes.

    2. We objected too at every stage
      We attended every meeting we were informed about
      Despite objections we were not personally invited to a walk through or we most certainly would have attended. I agree that many people were very apathetic to this process and did nothing earlier on. That being said, we feel like we did and that our voice has still not been listened to

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