BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific North Midlands/East West/South-West London/South North Midlands/East West/South-West London/South
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
    You are in: UK: England  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
England
N Ireland
Scotland
Wales
Politics
Education
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
EDITIONS
 Monday, 27 January, 2003, 07:53 GMT
Tree campaigners mount vigil
Derby Arboretum
The restoration project is costing 5.5m
Green campaigners have begun a vigil to try to protect trees in a Derby park and have warned they may protest by climbing in them.

Members of Friends of the Earth are angry at council plans to chop down more than 100 trees at Arboretum Park.

The tree cutting programme is part of a 5.5m restoration project aimed at getting people back to the park, which claims to be the oldest public park in Britain.

Derby City Council has said many of the trees are dying and misshapen and the project will plant more trees than are cut down.

I am sick of watching this city getting trashed for money

Dorothy Skrytek,
green activist
But the protestors say it is not necessary to cut down many mature and healthy trees to make way for a "heart of the park" building which will house a cafe and a police office.

It was a move the council's own tree officer opposed.

Dorothy Skrytek, from Friends of the Earth, said: "I am sick of watching this city getting trashed for money and I am sure there are a lot of people out there sick of it."

Central Park

Protestors have mounted a watch on some of the trees to make sure they are not cut and she said they would take direct action if necessary.

"They are going to have to cut me in half first and a considerable number of other people."

New security cameras are being fitted at the Arboretum, which was given to the city by local benefactor Joseph Strutt in 1840, to make people feel safer using it.

There will also be a full time ranger employed to maintain the park, which was the inspiration for the men who designed Central Park in New York in the US.


Click here to go to Derby
See also:

11 Dec 02 | England
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more England stories are at the foot of the page.


 E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more England stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes