A COMMUNITY council has launched a petition in a bid to save trees from the chop.
Milngavie Community Council has raised concerns for the future of mature trees in and around the areas of Woodburn Way, Station Road, Fulton Road, Crossveggate and Lennox Park.
The group wants East Dunbartonshire Council to protect the trees by creating a preservation order, underlining their importance to the local area.
But the council has turned down the request saying the trees did not meet the criteria for an order to be made.
Fiona Risk, chairperson of Milngavie Community Council, said: “The community council is very concerned about the furture of the trees which are located between Milngavie town conservation area and Lennox Park.
“These trees were planted about 40 years ago to soften the landscape when Woodburn Way and the car park were created.
“They are now, at last, doing their job and should be protected as they greatly add to the amenity and ambiance of Milngavie town centre and Lennox Park.”
Trees in the area include beech and chestnut.
Thomas Glen, head of development and enterprise at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “It is the council’s adopted procedure to seek the professional opinion of our tree expert whenever a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) is requested.
“Following a site inspection and assessment of these trees by the council’s tree officer, it was found that they did not meet Scottish Government criteria for a TPO and therefore it is not appropriate to designate a TPO in this case.”