(photo from Wikipedia)
The beautiful trees that stand around Meadowbank Stadium have long been threatened with the chop, since the council in it's wisdom decided that the world class Meadowbank Sports Stadium needed to be replaced by a smaller (and therefore not world class) stadium with the rest of the land being sold off for development and the trees at the front of the stadium being destroyed (some of the trees at the back and side of the stadium will remain, though the stand of trees at the back looks as though it will be thinned out to 'prevent the trees shading the new buildings' which is nonsense as those new buildings face north and will be in shade anyway).
Having seen the plans for the proposed development it is not clear that the trees need to be removed to allow the development to go ahead, which makes it even worse!
Urban trees provide many benefits to urban communities, from cooling the environment and saving energy, to providing health benefits and building resilience against floods and storms. They should be nurtured and celebrated not destroyed for the sake of development. There's a good article about the benefits of urban trees here.
Bizzarely, City of Edinburgh council is carrying out a consulation on their new Physical Activity and Sports Strategy (https://consultationhub.
edinburgh.gov.uk/cf/physical- activity-and-sport-strategy- 2019-23/)
only after demolition has started on the Meadowbank site. I'm sure many people in the city, if consulted would have said that a world class stadium at Meadowbank would be a good part of the city's sports offer.
If we want a healthy city then we need top quality sports venues (which I am not convinced the new Meadowbank will provide, being as it will be smaller without space for a number of the sports clubs that currently are based there) but we also need trees.
What can you do to help?
If you live or work in Edinburgh please write to your local Edinburgh councillor (if you don't live in the Meadowbank Ward it doesn't matter, Meadowbank is a city wide resource and your local councillor should listen to you on this issue).
Attend one of the drop in events:
5-7.30pm, Wednesday 30 January at Meadowbank Church, 83 London Road.
12.30 - 3pm, Friday 1 February at Willowbrae Church Centre, 1a Willowbrae Road
12.30 - 3pm, Satuday 9 February at Craignetinney Community Hall, 9 Loaning Road.
If you attend the drop in event, please tell the developers that you think all the trees around the stadium should stay and that you cannot see why any of them need to be removed in order to proceed with development.
Join the Save Meadowbank Trees Facebook group. If you join the facebook group you can find out how to get more involved in the actual group.
Follow @MeadowbankTrees on Twitter.
Share the groups updates on social media.