264 people have signed an open letter asking Leicester City Council not to cut down the St George’s Trees. Poems, songs and reflections have also been received on the same. The letter, together with the creative responses, will be submitted to Leicester City Council on Friday, February 9, when Leicester Friends of the Earth meet Councillor Adam Clarke to discuss what, instead of cutting down the trees, Leicester City Council could do around the St George’s Churchyard.
The open letter and creative responses follow on from the Tree Festival that was held in Orton Square on 20 January 2018. Organised by Civic Leicester and Leicester Friends of the Earth, the Tree Festival saw over 100 people brave the rain and the cold to celebrate the St George’s Churchyard trees and show how the churchyard and its trees contribute to the city’s heritage and culture. The event featured Morris dancers, songs from some of Leicester’s finest musicians, poetry, stories, and local history.
Ambrose Musiyiwa of Civic Leicester says, “The Tree Festival, the open letter and the creative responses show part of the value people in Leicester place on St George’s Churchyard and its trees. They show that the trees are a part of the city’s heritage and culture that must be preserved.”
Hannah Wakely of Leicester Friends of the Earth says, “Urban trees are important for cleaning air pollution, providing habitat for insects, birds and bats and improving our well-being.
“People care about these trees and we are asking the Council to come up with a different plan to improve the area that doesn’t involve cutting down mature trees.”
The open letter and creative responses are in addition to 49 separate objections, and letter with 20 signatories, that Leicester City Council received when it announced plans to cut the trees.
The open letter will remain open for signatures until the future of the trees becomes certain. People who want to sign the open letter can do so by following the link at https://goo.gl/UnHj8n