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Stand Up For Colombo's Trees

People are meeting up on Reid Avenue (across from the Arts Faculty) to protest the recent cutting of trees in that area. Reid Avenue (AKA Philip Gunawardena Mawatha) is a leafy road that runs near Independence Square.

  • Arts Faculty, Reid Avenue, Colombo 7
People are meeting up on Reid Avenue (across from the Arts Faculty) to protest the recent cutting of trees in that area. Reid Avenue (AKA Philip Gunawardena Mawatha) is a leafy road that runs near Independence Square. From their Facebook page:

"At present some of the trees lining Reid Avenue are being felled. Some of the trees that are felled are over a century old and were designed to create a ‘garden city’ in Colombo.

Having spoken to the CMC (Director Engineering), a set of reasons have been given:
  • primarily the roots of these trees have damaged the concrete pipes/ sewer systems/ roads
  • the roots of the trees were cut off to remedy the situation and had made them unstable there after
  • they need to be cut for public safety
However, no effort has been taken to enlighten the residents of Colombo city about the reasons for cutting down these trees which we have come to love as part of our neighbourhood, and as part of our common heritage and pride."
Stand Up For Colombo's Trees

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