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Official vows safety of trees uprooted for Metro project

Urban greening authorities reassured Shanghai residents that the 37 old plane trees removed from Maoming Road N. to make way for a subway station had been replanted in a tree nursery in neighboring Jiangsu Province yesterday.

The authorities pledged a 90 percent survival rate for those trees, saying the spring season is good their survival in their new home in Taicang city.

An official surnamed Xu with Jing'an District Greening Bureau told Shanghai Daily that workers pruned the roots of those old trees for easy transportation but that would not hurt the trees.

"Trees will grow new roots very fast in springtime," said Xu.

He said workers trimmed tree branches to help trees save nutrient in their trunks and they did their job after dark not to avoid public attention, but to prevent causing trouble to pedestrians, said the official.

Xu said they had removed 113 plane trees from Shimenyi Road to make way for construction and those trees are growing well in the tree nursery in Taicang, north of Shanghai.

After the Maoming Road station for Metro Line 12 is constructed, the original trees may come back, said another official who didn't give his name.


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