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Published: June 7, 2024

Stand Tall for Our Trees: Preserving Melksham’s Iconic Skyline

As a dedicated community advocate and your local councillor, I feel compelled to voice my deep-seated opposition to the proposed felling of the magnificent beech tree on Spa Road in Melksham. This tree is more than just a living organism; it is a symbol of our town’s heritage, beauty, and environmental consciousness. It cuts an unmistakable figure against the skyline, a familiar and cherished staple for all who live here or pass through.

The beech tree on Spa Road stands as an eloquent testament to the natural beauty that underpins our community’s charm. Its presence isn’t just a matter of aesthetics; it is an integral part of the local ecosystem, providing not only a habitat for wildlife but also much-needed green space in an increasingly urbanized environment.

A Symbol of Community and Health

At first glance, it is abundantly clear that this tree is in excellent health. There are no outward signs of disease, decay, or structural instability. Its crown is lush and full, roots firmly embedded, embodying the very pulse of life. The beech tree’s branches reach out like guardians, promising shade in the summer and standing resilient through winter’s chill. Its well-being is obvious to any passerby, and one must question why such a healthy specimen would be slated for destruction.

A Call for More Trees, Not Less

In a world beset by environmental challenges, from climate change to the urban heat island effect, the obvious question arises: Why are we considering removing healthy trees? Science and common sense tell us that trees are vital to combating pollution, providing oxygen, and maintaining biodiversity. Rather than cutting down trees, we should be focusing on planting more. We need to cultivate green spaces that contribute positively to the mental and physical well-being of our community members.

More trees mean cleaner air, reduced flooding risks, and more pleasant surroundings for everyone. This beech tree plays an essential role in maintaining the delicate balance of our local environment. Its removal would be a step backward, contrary to every principle of sustainable development, and a blow to the heart of Melksham.

Taking Action: Tree Preservation Order

To that end, I am actively lobbying Wiltshire Council to issue a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) for our beech tree. A TPO would offer formal protection against felling, ensuring that this emblem of our community is preserved not only for us but for future generations. It is our responsibility to safeguard the natural legacy we have been entrusted with, and to act as stewards of the environment.

By obtaining a TPO, we can send a strong message: Melksham values its natural heritage and is committed to preserving it. We will not stand idly by while a vibrant part of our community's landscape is needlessly destroyed.

You can always get in touch with Cllr Jon Hubbard

01225 807969
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