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The frightening list of tree fellings in Weilheim

2024-03-05T09:18:44.210Z

Highlights: The frightening list of tree fellings in Weilheim. In some cases 70 percent of the branches were broken away. Around 40 trees on city property were removed this winter due to snow and wind damage. Many of the trees “had not yet reached their age” Ash trees were particularly affected, reported Rupert Pentenrieder, the city council's green officer. Mayor Markus Loth (BfW) summed up that the snowfall and the storm that followed had caused “really enormous damage”



As of: March 5, 2024, 9:00 a.m

By: Magnus Reitinger

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There was a lot of tree damage like this on Türlmühlstrasse after the heavy snowfall at the beginning of December 2023. This was followed by many fellings in the urban area.

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How many large trees have been lost in Weilheim in the last few weeks due to broken snow and storm damage?

This has now been reported to the town hall.

The list of fellings as a result of the recent “strong weather” is frightening.

Weilheim - The church square is bare after three lime trees had to be felled because their crowns broke off.

The shady trees on the lawns at Dietlhofer See are pretty much decimated.

Two locust trees were hit in front of the city theater, three columnar pear trees at the Hochlandhalle, two oaks and two willows at the playground in Paradeis, a Norway maple on Töllernallee, three birches at the Ölschlag...

In some cases 70 percent of the branches were broken away

And that is just a small excerpt from the list of fellings presented to Weilheim's building committee at the most recent meeting.

In it, the municipal utilities list around 40 trees on city property that were removed this winter due to snow and wind damage.

The heavy snowfall on the first weekend of Advent and the storms that followed damaged these trees so badly “that they had to be felled for traffic safety reasons,” it said.

In particular, the “strong weather” put an end to a number of larger pastures, explained deputy depot manager Sebastian Soyer.

In some cases, 70 percent of the branches had broken away, so it would have made “no sense to keep them.”

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Many of the trees “had not yet reached their age”

In the Weilheimer Au, Ash trees were particularly affected, reported Rupert Pentenrieder, the city council's green officer.

The BfW representative noted that some of these had been “really blown out” by storms, including “many who have not yet reached their age”.

The list of tree damage and felling was “more than frightening,” said Alfred Honisch from the Green Party.

And Mayor Markus Loth (BfW) summed up that the snowfall and the storm that followed had caused “really enormous damage” – not just in Weilheim, but “in the entire southern Bavarian area”.

Klaus Gast (CSU) noted that “many trees that had already been hit” were affected.

And he added: “Rejuvenation is important.

It doesn't always make sense to preserve old trees." In this context, Guest wanted to know in the building committee whether there had actually been any reaction to the request made about three years ago to report areas to the city for possible tree planting.

No, was the somewhat perplexed answer of the city administration representatives.

Numerous replantings planned in spring and autumn

BfW spokeswoman Brigitte Holeczek emphasized that, in addition to the devastating storm damage, there was a tiny positive effect - and thanked the municipal utilities for allowing a fallen spruce tree to remain in the floodplain.

This is now “a great climbing frame for children”.

Otherwise, it was agreed, the only option would be to plant new trees for the trees that were felled.

Some of the replacement planting will take place in the spring and some in the fall, said Soyer.

In some cases you have to remove rootstocks first.

And newly planted trees will have to be watered a lot in the summer, the expert emphasized.

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Roland Bosch (ÖDP) asked about the costs of the tree damage and suggested that an extra amount should be budgeted for this in the city's budget in the future: "We have to be prepared for things like this to happen regularly in the future." But for Mayor Loth Such a budget item makes no sense: “It would be a complete joke to put any amount into it.” Soyer explained that the municipal utilities budget also basically includes costs for possible “catastrophe cases”.

However, the billing for 2023 has not yet been completed.

A good 40 falls due to snow and storms, another 20 due to illness

The current list of tree damage presented by the municipal company does not only include the 40 fellings as a result of broken snow and storms.

Around 20 other urban trees were recently removed because they were so damaged by diseases, fungi or similar that their stability could no longer be guaranteed.

Or because they stood in the way of road expansion, such as on Bahnhofstrasse, according to the list.

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