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70 Women Marry Dozens Of Trees In Bid To Stop Them From Being Chopped Down By Developers

A group of 70 women have married dozens of trees in a bid to stop them from being chopped down by developers.

The developers want to chop down the trees for a prospective £55million building.

The unusual event took place at a caravan park in Spike Island, Bristol, where organizers feared the threat that was being posed by housing developers.

Developers in the area want to construct over 150 apartments in the Western Harbour Area.

The brides aimed to highlight the plans which could see the trees being chopped down.

Those marrying the 74 trees wore bridal dresses from a range of cultures that were inspired by the 1970s Chipko Movement.

In the Chipko Movement, a group of women from the Mandal Village in the Himalayas threw their arms around trees to protect forests from being destroyed.

Siobhan Kierans, the organizer, said that she hoped the event showed that trees are important and they are our partners too.

Suzan Hackett, one of the brides, said:

To get married to a tree is an absolute privilege. It’s not just a sentimental gesture, it is highly significant and symbolic. Trees are pure examples of unconditional love, which fits in so beautifully with the whole idea of marriage. Marriage is for life, breathing is for life. Bristol needs mature trees more than it does luxury private housing.

 The planning application on the site between the docks and Cumberland Road is from Goram Homes and Essex-based Developers Hill.

The Baltic Wharf Homes website promises a fantastic opportunity on a underutilized and prime the harbourside location.

The plans for the £55million building includes one, 2 and 3 bedroom flats.

An exclusive waterfront penthouse and 66 affordable homes and ground floor commercial space are included in the plan.

The application acknowledges some of the trees to be removed.

The Save Baltic Wharf Trees Group and the Bristol Tree Forum slammed the lack of transparency over the actual number of trees that are going to be removed.

The owners of the Baltic Wharf Caravan Site, the place where the trees are found, have been served notice by the city to leave the area.

The spokesperson of the Bristol City Council were unable to comment about the incident.

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