How we use Cookies

Solihull residents in vigil over destruction of trees in Shirley Park

INCENSED residents will descend on Shirley Park this evening (Friday) to hold a vigil in protest against the recent destruction of the “ring of oaks”.

INCENSED residents will descend on Shirley Park this evening (Friday) to hold a vigil in protest against the recent destruction of the ring of oaks.

The circle was torn-down last month after a lengthy struggle to try and save the trees from the chop.

Protesters will also be laying wreaths in those parts of the park that will be built on as part of the Parkgate scheme - which begins in earnest in May.

Shirley resident Michelle Edinburgh is organising the vigil, after feeling compelled to do something to raise awareness of the land that will be lost to development.

I just couldn't have stood by and done nothing, said the 41-year-old. I'm so angry about whats gone on that Ive written to Prince Charles.

This development is something that we've known about for a long time, but I don't think the plans show the full scale of what will happen to the park.

Its only now that its starting to become apparent example whats going to happen and its massive. I don't know if its possible to see changes - even now, at the eleventh hour.

* The evening vigil will take place in the park from 6-10pm.

 

Journalists

Cathrina Hulse
Multimedia Journalist
Annette Belcher
Multimedia Journalist
Full newsroom contact details
Tell us what's happening in your area.