Brutal fairness in Terézváros
Hustle, chaos and sneezing around the alley of Benczúr Street
Unprecedented, brutal wood destruction is being carried out in Terézváros, Benczúr Street, where 29 trees are planned to be felled in the coming days from the trees of 216 individuals of special value. The locals are puzzled by the sincerely announced fairness, conducted with force and particular haste, and in their petition they are also worried about what will happen when the remaining 187 of the 216 are also examined? Examining the responsibility of Főkert Zrt. And the district management running with its theoretically green program Momentum, they ask how it could have happened that so many trees “became so bad at once and suddenly with the principle of continuous maintenance”? The current speed is also scandalous, because there is no trace of huge civil and press outrage now, even for the protection of a tree during the campaign period. Was protecting trees just a political tool?
Following a tree fall in June, the Main Garden conducted an inspection of 31 of the 216 trees on Benczúr Street, 29 of which were ordered to be felled. The locals, who were left without proper information, said the hasty timber destruction raised countless questions.
how could a hasty inspection following a June tree fall suddenly reveal that more than 10 percent of the trees in the alley had to be felled?
how and why were the trees still in good condition in 2016 that their salvability is now only 0.01 percent?
why did they not start healing and treating the trees when the individuals of the tree line, doomed to destruction, could have been saved?
if it has become clear in such a short time that some trees need to be cut down, how many trees will be sentenced to death by another inspection?
why is there no public consultation, why is the principle of gradation not applied during felling, why is there no uniform concept for the row of trees, and where do loud environmentalists stay when they are needed?
HAPPENING AND A STRANGE EXPLANATION IN THE CASE OF BENCZÚR STREET FASOR
On the website of Terézváros, there was a short justification for the urgent need to cut down sick trees in Benczúr Street following a survey carried out after a fall in June,
for the safety of passers-by and parked cars.
As they add, according to the information of Főkert Zrt., The preparation of the work has started, it will be carried out between 10 and 14 August. They promise to replace the felled trees locally during the planting period. According to the information of the Main Garden, “Due to the features of Benczúr Street, it is not advantageous in terms of the long-term sustainability of the trees in the row”. The company in the capital explains, “the wooden spaces were built in front of the buildings on the sidewalk at the side of the road, due to the shading effect of the buildings, the pursuit of light by the trees (phototropism) results in eccentric development”. They add that the negative effects on trees due to site conditions and harmful urban conditions (salting, air pollution, road and utility construction, etc.) increase over time and affect their long-term sustainability ”.
It is an unfortunate fact that in the present case, as a result of the local conditions, the damages and negative effects on the individuals can be spectacularly observed.
- notes the Main Garden, but in addition to the generalities, the question arises as to why, in the knowledge of all this, the condition of about 30 trees has been allowed to deteriorate to such an extent that such a drastic fairness will take place.
We are planning with nursing horticultural interventions to slow down the deterioration of the health of the tree line, the conversion of the wooden sites would not improve the condition of the older trees in the area.
- they add, leaving the concerns of the locals essentially unanswered.
CAN THE WHOLE FASHION BE CUT OUT IN A FEW YEARS?
When visiting our portal, the anonymous residents said that on Tuesday information about the planned fellings appeared on the Facebook page of Terézváros Momentum led by Tamás Soproni, which originally did not even provide the justification, ie that the inspection was carried out due to felling. In addition, even Főkert Zrt. Did not post any information at that time, the minutes of the survey were only posted on their website in the second half of the week.
That is, less than a week before the felling began, residents did not yet have any information about the wood destruction.
The locals complained that the municipality also reacted late to their requests, and did not explain why 29 trees had to be cut down so suddenly, or why no full survey of all the trees in the alley had been made by then. Those who comment to our portal would also consider the latter important because they do not understand how it turned out from one moment to the next that nearly thirty trees were in such poor condition, as this means that the condition of the trees was not constantly examined. Residents said the tree that fell in June may have fallen victim to sewer work, may have had its roots cut, and some of the trees marked are indeed seemingly inescapable, ugly cut, withered individuals. However, there are at least 10 trees that have beautiful, large deciduous trees that look in good condition, so sure they don’t have to be cut down urgently. As noted, at such a pace and suddenly, in a few years, the entire line of trees, which is otherwise of great value in Budapest, can be cut down.
WHERE ARE THE “WOOD PROTECTORS” WHO HAVE ALREADY KILLED TO PROTECT THREE TREES?
He reminded a resident of our portal, during the previous right-wing city administration, a felling of trees was planned in the Benczúr Garden, and the rescue of these three trees brought together residents, civilians and the opposition media.
The city administration at the time convened a meeting with the residents, so that in the end the old trees remained in the park, as the municipality overturned its previous decision.
This is why locals wonder why they have not been properly informed - as the law would have required the municipality since 2008 - when it comes to the fate of nearly thirty trees, and also miss the media coverage produced by the opposition press during the campaign period. They believe it is only because of their outrage that the information has been posted on the website at all. Residents believe that a city management starting with a green program could at least have adhered to the principle of gradation, but it could also have fought to preserve and save the trees.
It was also described as frightening that, according to the minutes of the Main Garden, there was a tree with a salvability of 0.01 percent, and they did not understand how the condition of a tree could have gotten this far. The condition of the other trees was called an issue of interest to everyone, as another brutal frostbite could occur in a year's time. Some residents say the Main Garden has neglected to take care of the trees, while the company is afraid of financial responsibility after the June tree fall, so they turned to the drastic move, while the district management said to be green is not fighting for the trees to survive.
FASOR REPRESENTS AN OUTSTANDING URBAN VALUE…
Local residents have meanwhile launched a petition “Don’t cut down the trees on Benczúr Street!” with 184 supporters in a short time. In their protest, Terézváros and Főkert Zrt. It is believed
Benczúr Street is considered by several city bloggers to be the most beautiful street in Pest. The alley is an outstanding cityscape value that must be protected at all costs and the fate of which should not be decided behind the backs of the population.
The initiators lack full information of the population, as neither the district management nor Főkert Zrt. Has published a specific action plan “regarding the condition of the remaining trees and the future value-preserving protection of the entire tree line”. It is believed that one or two weeks could certainly have been expected with the grubbing-up in order to ensure that the information was correct and that the public was sure of the fate of the street and the alley.
The petition complains that it is not possible to know whether there is a permit for felling, so they are asking for a postponement of the felling and a full public dialogue. The petitioners note that it is strange that 29 trees are in such a sudden life-threatening condition at the same time, on the other hand, there is not a tree on the list of permitted fellings that has been felled for the same reasons. It is considered incomprehensible on the basis of which it can be decided when to cut down a tree immediately and when to wait for permission.
WHY COULD THE STATE OF THE TREES BE DAMAGED SO SUDDENLY?
They also point out that there is a tree cadastre for the district, but with 2016 data, in which the trees to be felled now received quite good points.
This only deepens our concern about what will happen to the other trees in a few years? And how could it be that, with the principle of continuous maintenance, 29 trees became so bad at once and suddenly?
They say. They add,
according to the municipality, it is planning many things: the renewal of the public area on Benczúr Street in order to ensure a better habitat for the trees with the involvement of the residents, the assessment of the condition of the whole row of trees, a tree adoption program. All of these have been revealed in email responses received today, but they do not contain anything specific, so for the time being we cannot interpret them as more than an empty promise to end the scandal.
They stress that 29 of the 33 trees examined were sentenced to death! What will happen when all 187 of the 216 remaining are examined? There is still no comprehensive picture of the condition of the alley and no set date when it would be examined…
if it is true that so many trees are so bad (and it turns out so at once) then what has happened so far under the heading of “reservation”?