Apologies for the veeeerrrry long delay in getting the results of our survey published. We forgot. Sorry.
The original survey is here.
We had 54 responses, which is a really good rate for local consultations. Each person could tick more than one box, so the total votes for each site won’t necessarily add to 54.
The results are (figures are number of votes on each site for each type of tree, or no trees):
|No trees||Birch||Cherry||Field maple||Hawthorn|
|1. Cromwell View: seven 3m high||0||16||28||12||16|
|2. Rosa Parks Lane: one 3m||0||9||22||15||9|
|3. Fairfield Resource Centre: one 3m||0||13||21||14||6|
|4. Picton Square: one 3m||1||6||31||9||9|
|5. Cobourg Road: one 4m high, crown lifted to 3m||3||14||19||8||8|
As you can see, an overwhelmingly positive response. Of 54 respondents, only 1 did not want a tree on Picton Square (98% support), and only three didn’t want one on Cobourg Road (94% support); the other sites had 100% support. Cherry trees were by far the most popular option.
Some of the comments people made include:
“Not too bothered about the species – nice to see extra trees at all, pref. native.”
“Just wish we could have fewer cars and more trees on the actual streets. Any tree is better than none. Just happen to like cherry trees!”
“This is a perfect selection of species. Can we have some of these instead of the hideous limes in Albany Green please?”
“Fab No apple trees? I am sure there is a good reason!”
“Great sites. Fear for vandalism but doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. Good to have edible species if poss.”
“I think a cherry tree blooming every spring on Picton Square would be amazing – we could have community events to celebrate the first blossom etc”
“I would really encourage the planting of native varieties (e.g. of cherry) so that the trees are beneficial to wildlife as well as people. Might where the tubs are in the dead end bollards on the top section of Richmond Road also be suitable for a small/light tree e.g. native rowan or birch, without too much leaf drop? The tubs are very pretty but I wonder if we could have a tree on the south side (this couldn’t impact on light int eh houses as they are in the shade anyway) and keep the tubs on the other? I think tree planting in urban areas can have a profound effect on creating pleasant public spaces and this helps people to look after their local environment in a wider sense. Montpelier is not a very green part of Bristol and I strongly support any move to plant trees in public spaces here.”
“Wow this would be amazing – to pull off!”
“This is just what Montpelier needs!”