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Wyndford residents start petition to save much-loved Maryhill trees from the axe

By Ian Marland at

A petition has been started to save dozens of much-loved trees from being axed on a Maryhill housing estate.

More than one hundred names have been added to the online petition on change.org to stop the felling on Glenfinnan Drive on Wyndford.

Cube Housing Association, which manages homes in the area, says it wants to improve green spaces around its flats.

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Objection: Residents do not want to see healthy trees being axed.

It says as part of its plans it identified nearly 70 trees that it said were diseased and would need to be removed.

It says it will replant more than double the number of young trees as part of the improvements in the area.

But local residents are not convinced all of the trees are unhealthy.

A public meeting was organised locally earlier this month to plan a campaign to save the trees.

Many of the trees pre-date the building of the housing scheme and hark back to when the land was Maryhill Army Barracks.

The petition posted by Wyndford Residents’ Association says: “We, the undersigned, believe that the Wyndford trees should be retained, a tree preservation order put in place, and only those trees deemed actually unsafe should be cut down.”

The residents group is seeking as many names as it can get.

Several people who have signed the petition have left comments.

Arthur Johnsen, London, wrote: “I’m signing because I was brought up in Wyndford Estate & one of the beauties of the estate were the mature trees, not just lining the pathway home through the main grassy square of the estate but that the estate seemed to have been built around the trees.

“One of the differences that separated Wyndford from the rest of the concrete estates were the abundance of mature trees.”

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Campaign: Residents recently attended a public meeting about the trees.

Hazel Muir, from Glasgow, wrote: “Children living in this area have very few green spaces and trees in this area. Important to let them experience nature on their doorstep.”

Rachel Cameron, Glasgow, said: “Green spaces are essential for our mental and physical health. In an area where much of the population struggle under already harsh conditions, this is a step in the wrong direction!”

Ian Beattie, from Glasgow, wrote: “Nobody should cut down healthy trees. They’re good for the environment and people’s well-being which are things which HA [the housing association] should be promoting.”

Cube Housing says it has recently spent millions of pounds refurbishing hundreds of houses in Wyndford.

Following feedback from tenants, it says it is now looking at improving the green spaces around their homes.

Cube Director David Mackenzie was recently reported as saying: “We’ve carried out an independent tree and wildlife survey, which showed that 68 trees are diseased or nearing the end of their life.

“As part of our plans for the area, we plan to replace these with 185 new trees, along with shrubbery and plants to bring the local community to life.”

He told The Evening Times: “Feedback from tenants on these plans at our community open days has been really positive over the past year and we’ll continue to work with local residents to improve their neighbourhood.”

Wyndford was built on the site of the former Glasgow city barracks, and is still referred to many locals as “the Barracks”.

The former barrack’s walls and gatehouse are still in place, and they form a perimeter around the Wyndford estate.

The footballers Charlie Nicholas and Jim Duffy are both originally from the Wyndford area.

For more information see: https://wyndfordresidents.wordpress.com

To see the petition at Change.org go to: http://chn.ge/2c4c7cZ