Another questionable decision by the National Park Authority. Like ninjas in the night they massacred a wonderful tree while no one was looking.
The monkey puzzle tree at Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre, was loved by many and hated by none. Well that’s not entirely true, LDNPA did their own survey at Brockhole and out of 1112 people one thought the tree should be felled.
Their claim was that not letting people know the date was for health and safety, the reality is that they just wouldn’t be able to cut the tree down if there were people chained to it!
It’s not my only concern for Brockhole, the commercialisation of the site continues to aggravate the local private sector who worry about a public sector subsidised “competitor” and I still feel uneasy about a zip wire that was denied permission at Honistor on the same day as the LDNPA gave themselves permission for one at Brockhole.
Just like the ban on Lake Windermere, its another example of why the way National Parks are accountable to us needs urgent reform. Even if they became democratically accountable we may still be puzzled by their decisions… But at least then we can kick those that make those decisions out!
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