In many countries, it is a crime to chop off an old tree, but in Nanjing, it’s the government that seems to be abetting the tree-felling.
Approximately 1,100 trees, of which 200 are plane trees of the French variety, are expected to make way for the Nanjing subway system’s new Line 3 and Line 10.
A few days ago, Nanjing residents were horrified to see about 40 sixty-year-old plane trees on Taiping North Road, with their crowns chopped off and ready for removal.
Some of them started an online campaign to protect the trees on Sina Weibo that has since attracted over 10,000 supporters.
City administrators subsequently explained that the trees were not being chopped off, but replanted in other locations, claiming they will have a success rate of 80 to 90 percent of ensuring the survival of the trees.
Nanjing residents however remain unconvinced, and are demanding more supervision of the city administration’s work. A few years ago, approximately 50 percent of plane trees did not survive in a separate replanting exercise.
Photos from Yahoo China.