Is it true? These magnificent trees are for the chop!

Yesterday whilst we were enjoying the beauty of the Wyrley & Essington canal and enjoying the unique Wednesfield Floating Market which is again on today ( Sunday). Much of the talk that was taking place along the tow path was around the fact that the magnificent Willow trees that adorn the bank of the Wyrley & Essington canal at this point were to be ‘chopped down’!

I do hope that this isn’t correct and have written to planning to find out.

If the trees are not already with a preservation order on them, in my humble opinion they ought to have. Boaters, walkers, residents of all the Wards surrounding the Wyrley and Essington canal enjoy them, as do photographers, and naturalists that are using the canal in ever more and increasing numbers.

To lose these magnificent trees would denude the canal of its most majestic and breath taking beauty, at a crucial time in its near 225 year history. It is scenes like this one that are drawing back the new tourist boaters we are now receiving here in Wednesfield, the photographers, recording the natural world. The very people we want to increase Wednesfields prosperity, which in itself bring jobs to our local economy. Its what makes Wednesfield beautiful!

What’s your view……IMG_0273 willows

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more


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