Fight goes on to save trees in Roath

The river flows through Roath Mill Gardens

The river flows through Roath Mill Gardens. Photo: CNP

Cardiff residents will meet The Natural Resources Wales this week to discuss the further plan of Roath Flood Scheme. More people have joined in the campaign to try and save more trees.

The tree has been cut by Natural Resources Wales

The tree has been cut by Natural Resources Wales. Photo: CNP

More than¬†hundred trees have been cut down and there are still 24 trees waiting to be cut down because of the Flood scheme. The Natural Resources Wales said cutting down the trees is the only way to widen the stream and maintain a standard for flood protection.¬†Sylvia Harris who lives near the park said, ”It is unnecessary to cut down the trees in such a large scale, even if some trees won’t influence the flood scheme.”

After negotiation, the representative of the local residents will meet Gavin Johns, the project executive of NRW to discuss the further plan this Thursday.

Melissa Johansson, organizer of the campaign, said they are not willing to step down and will take further action if NRW fells the trees. She added, ”I don’t think any of the residents are willing to lose trees, even with the current Roath Flood Scheme. Most of residents don’t believe the risk is true, and it hasn’t flooded this area at all.”

Post on the door of Roath Mill Gardens

The post on the door of Roath Mill Gardens Photo: CNP

Campaigners also launched a petition on the Internet. Unfortunately, the number of signatures were not enough to be put forward for consideration by the National Assembly at the next relevant meeting. This means residents will have to wait for the next meeting of petitions committee on February 26th.

An artwork made of ice appeared in the park. Photo: Roath Brook

An artwork made of ice appeared in the park. Photo: Roath Brook (CC)

Meanwhile, something mysterious happened in the park last week. An artwork made of ice appeared in the park last Wednesday, but it melted in the following days. The work says ‘Hireath’, a Welsh word meaning – longing, grief or sadness over the lost or departed.

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