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2020-12-01T21:05:41.778Z

Schongau's environmental officer Bettina Buresch (Greens) advocates the preservation of important trees and plants. In a building committee meeting, she advocated mapping the old stock of trees worthy of protection in the city so that they could then also be better taken into account in the planning. There is currently no tree protection ordinance.



Schongau's environmental officer Bettina Buresch (Greens) advocates the preservation of important trees and plants.

In a building committee meeting, she advocated mapping the old stock of trees worthy of protection in the city so that they could then also be better taken into account in the planning.

There is currently no tree protection ordinance.

Schongau

- Schongau's environmental officer Bettina Buresch has many discussions in advance of building applications, points out the preservation of green areas or, in the event of necessary deforestation, the observance of the protection periods for birds.

At a meeting of the building and environment committee, she appealed to the city to take precautionary measures to include trees that are worth preserving in order to better protect them from being cut down.

When asked by Schongauer Nachrichten, the environmental officer had several negative examples ready.

“Usually it is planned as if nothing was there.

When the planning is done, space will be made. "

Trees have been preserved at the school center

Often it is not just about buildings, but also the necessary infrastructure.

With relatively good will of the planners, this was done at the school center.

They would have liked to have had several more large trees there, but there was no space for the construction site, pipes, and logistics.

In the Bürgermeister-Lechenbauer-Strasse, for example, half of the remaining historic lime tree avenue was sacrificed for the bus stops, while on Marktoberdorfer Strasse a lot of healthy trees were sacrificed for the pick-up and delivery zone.

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The mighty chestnut at the train station could stand in the way of a bus station.

© Hans-Helmut Herold

Buresch's list of negative examples is much longer, including the Gnettner area.

"You could have got a lot more from the Gnettner's private garden, but the builder wanted a tree-free area, as is so often the case, and afterwards destroyed the two beeches that were measured at my instigation through incorrect treatment," criticizes the city councilor.

At the Josefsheim in Liedlstrasse, the three beautiful chestnuts are not planned with but rather over and over.

A development plan is currently being drawn up there; the urban property is to be sold to an investor for further development.

However, the process is not yet complete.

Buresch does not want to give up cedar and beech

In Schongau-West, several trees are also in danger: "At the New Apostolic Church, I am not giving up the cedar and the beech tree yet," said the environmental officer.

Opposite on Schönlinder Strasse, they feared that large pines and other trees with a larger trunk would fall to expand the building site.

At the meeting, Buresch emphasized that she was aware that protecting vegetation that is worth preserving would mean that less area could be built on - but this is in favor of nature.

If the city does not pay attention to this, “you will find ways and means when nature is in the way”.

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The chestnuts on Liedlstrasse have formed a mighty canopy of leaves.

So far, plans have been made without trees.

© Hans-Helmut Herold

The advice from the environmental officer was included in the minutes of the meeting.

So far, however, this is nothing more than an appeal to the city.

This would only be binding if a formal application for the creation of a tree protection ordinance were submitted, explains Bernd Liebermann from the municipal building authority.

And the city council would first have to decide on this application.

"But there has not yet been such an advance," said Liebermann.

Using the example of the tree register and tree protection ordinance in Munich, he explains that there is also a lot of bureaucratic effort behind it.

“And the city would have to get on the feet of many a property owner,” he estimates.

It is different on private property

So far, this has been handled quite unbureaucratically in Schongau.

In the city's property information system, a wide variety of information about the individual parcels is stored, from a development plan valid there to development.

Information from the forestry office about individual trees is also recorded there.

"This means that this information is available to all employees," says Liebermann.

Of course, this does not protect trees on private property, as the example of the large copper beech in Bauerngasse shows.

This had to give way for a few parking spaces.

Otherwise a bus parking lot would have had to be relocated.

Even the chestnut on the station forecourt does not yet fit the planning of a covered bus stop.

"It would be a shame about this striking tree, but everything is in development there," says Liebermann.

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Source: merkur

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