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Outrage after tree felling in Weilheim: an ash tree that characterizes the cityscape was cut down unannounced

2024-02-19T13:31:48.127Z

Highlights: Outrage after tree felling in Weilheim: an ash tree that characterizes the cityscape was cut down unannounced. Residents called the felling of a large ash tree on Saturday morning on Bärenmühlweg a cloak and dagger operation. Citizens describe the old tree as shaping the city landscape and have no understanding of the campaign. According to the German Nature Conservation Association, a tree protection regulation prohibits itnamely, removing, destroying, damaging or significantly changing the structure of protected trees.



As of: February 19, 2024, 2:15 p.m

By: Karin Holly

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An ash tree was felled on Bärenmühlweg in Weilheim at the weekend © Stefan Emais

An ash tree that characterizes the cityscape was felled unannounced on Bärenmühlweg in Weilheim at the weekend.

Residents reacted outraged to the measure.

Weilheim - Residents on Bärenmühlweg in Weilheim woke up early on Saturday to the sound of chainsaws.

The reason: Tree felling work had begun on the previously undeveloped property in the lower area of ​​the street - work that neither the neighborhood nor the city of Weilheim had any idea about.

Residents called the felling of a large ash tree on Saturday morning a cloak and dagger operation.

Citizens describe the old tree as shaping the cityscape and have no understanding of the campaign.

When asked by the Kreisbote, Manfred Stork, head of the Weilheim construction department, also had to shake his head.

The city of Weilheim was also not informed of the upcoming felling work in Bärenmühlweg.

And according to the authorities, that doesn't have to happen in this case.

“Doing the work at 6.30am on a Saturday is outrageous, but other than that, the tree is privately owned and on private property.

“We don’t have anything on file,” explained Stork.

After several development plans for Bärenmühlweg were submitted years ago, the city of Weilheim even tried to protect the roots of this historic tree.

“We don’t have a development plan for the property and there are no tree protection regulations in Weilheim,” said Stork.

According to the German Nature Conservation Association, a tree protection regulation prohibits it

namely, removing, destroying, damaging or significantly changing the structure of protected trees.

The Federal Nature Conservation Act offers the possibility of placing the entire population of trees, hedges or other landscape components under protection in certain areas.

Resident Stefan Emeis said it was probably time to think about such tree regulations again.

Because: If there were reasons for a felling, this should at least be discussed beforehand.

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Source: merkur

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