A’MAZE’ING: A maze of old Christmas trees to be made in Cardiff field
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A maze of old Christmas trees is set to be made in a field in Cardiff, amid a warning from the council against fly-tipping.
The sculpture will be set up this weekend in Lady Cory field, near the proposed new site of the Velindre Cancer Centre in Whitchurch.
Rob Sage, from the Save the Northern Meadows campaign, is encouraging people to drop off old christmas trees in the field. He said he will then make a temporary maze or artistic sculpture with the trees.
But Cardfiff council has warned anyone caught fly-tipping in the area could be prosecuted. Mr Sage said the sculpture would only be up for “a few weeks” and would take it down himself after that.
Mr Sage said he wanted to raise awareness of the many trees due to be chopped down as part of the construction work to build the new Velindre hospital. Enabling works for the hospital include using some of the land at Lady Cory field, he said.
He said: “I thought it would be a nice idea to use a community space, which was gifted to the community by Lady Cory, to do something fun with all the old Christmas trees before that space is lost. It’s going to be made into the site office for the Velindre development.
“I’ll go along and build the trees into some sort of artistic sculpture or maze, so when people come out for their own exercise they can come and explore it.
“We will clear the trees away — the leaves will start to drop off, people will start to lose interest after a few weeks, then I can break the trees up. There’s plenty of old scrub space at the back of the area.”
After taking down the sculpture, he said the trees could be broken up and used for “bug hotels” to help wildlife on the edges of the field.
He added: “There’s an element of showing the community are here and value this space, especially at this time in lockdown.
“It’s a temporary thing. If people want to put their trees there, I’ll build something with them that can then be taken down. The trees can then be repurposed for wildlife.
“It was never intended to be an event, with all these Covid restrictions. We don’t want to encourage people to come together.”
Responding to the plans, the council said its staff were stretched currently given the coronavirus pandemic, and asked people not to create more work for council staff.
The council is offering a one-off garden waste collection across Cardiff at the start of January, to pick up old Christmas trees from the kerbside.
A Cardiff council spokesman said: “Please don’t do this. If you do, it will create extra work for our staff. Remember, because of Covid we are operating with fewer staff than normal, either because they have the virus or are self-isolating because a family member has the virus.
“They are doing their best — please don’t make it more difficult for them to deliver our services. Whilst we support people’s right to protest, there are other ways to do it, which won’t affect other residents and the services we deliver to them.
“There really is no need to fly tip Christmas trees. Please don’t; we are dealing with a pandemic and our resources have and must be centred on essential services. If we have to, we will prosecute anyone caught flytipping.”
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