Several hundred magnificent lime trees, maples and birches, which were planted after World War II, were cut down along the national road No. 92 between Bolewice and Pniewy (Wielkopolskie Voivodeship). The felling outrages the local residents, but the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways argues that it is all for their good and safety.
A 14.5 km section of national road No. 92 between Bolewice and Pniewy is being extended. As part of the investment, the intersection with the national road No. 24 will be widened, a pedestrian and bicycle path will be built and a service channel will be built.
However, all this at the expense of greenery. As reported by TVN24 reporter Aleksander Przybylski, the case concerns several hundred trees that have already been “under the axe”. Neighboring residents are outraged.
– These trees did not bother anyone – Mrs. Izabela is annoyed. And Mr. Roman adds: – For 30 years I used to come here, these trees gave shade and landscape.
GDDKiA: we thought about safety
General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways however, he convinces that everything is done in accordance with all necessary permits and for the benefit of the residents. – When preparing the investment, we primarily thought about safety. Both users and members of the local community who move between workplaces, between towns on a daily basis, so that this way of moving is safe – emphasizes Alina Cieślak, spokeswoman for the Poznań branch of GDDKiA.
He adds that the trees will be cut down, but in return road workers will plant about 1,200 new trees, already outside the bicycle path. – We will plant trees to compensate for these losses to the environment – says Cieślak.
Under the scrutiny of investigators
While the logging itself is carried out in accordance with the permits, it should not necessarily take place now, as the residents claim. The breeding season is underway. The Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection in Poznań sent a notification to the prosecutor’s office in Nowy Tomyśl about the possibility of committing an offense. GDDKiA replies that the works were carried out under the supervision of an ornithologist. And those trees that had nests and where the birds were, have not been cut down now.
Main photo source: Joanna Janosz-Kowalczyk