Sharon Chapman, one of the residents who has organised the petition, said she was concerned that the council would eventually be creating a 'mini forest'.Aren't people usually happy about this?
She said: "It is mad. It is meant to be an open space for children to play and for dogs to run and they are just going to plant some trees instead.
"It won't be like a park anymore."Errr, well, actually, yes it will. One expects parks to have trees. Otherwise, they are just fields!
"Many of us bought houses with a view of the park and the lakes, and this is a mental amount of trees for such a small area.
"It will put people of (sic) that part of the park. People won't want to wander past the trees and the bushes at the night time. It just doesn't seem right."Ah, I see! It's property values that are the concern!
A spokeswoman for the council said: "The new native species being planted, which include Field Maple, Common Crab apple, Mountain Ash and Bird Cherry, are of the ‘small garden variety’. They are being planted to replace a collection of Poplars which previously stood at around 28m high.
"The young whips are currently unbranched stems, which measure no more than one metre tall and will take in excess of 10 years to reach full maturity. Even then the trees are not expected to grow larger than 8m in height due to the nature of the heavy clay soil at Danson Park."Wait, you're planting trees where the conditions aren't ideal?
The council also said that not all the trees will survive, with an expected failure rate of 40 per cent in the first two years.Hmm, seems like the waste of taxpayer money should be the real concern here, doesn't it?