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Pruning of trees to half size in ancient town upsets residents

GREENERY authorities said they are trying to rescue 12 trees in the city's famous Zhujiajiao Ancient Town that were cut to about half their original size, as many residents and tourists vented their anger at the environmental damage.

"The trees ... will possibly survive after protective measures are done," said an official surnamed Lu with the Qingpu Greenery Management Office.

Workers will cover the trees' trunks with special materials to prevent further deterioration, Lu said.

Residents in the ancient town said they were shocked to find a row of metasequoia trees "cut in half" along the town's Dongjing Road on Tuesday.

The trees, at the entrance to the ancient town, have been part of the water town scenery for over 20 years, residents said.

The tree trimmers were hired by another resident living in the town. Lu said the man had the trees cut back because they blocked sunshine, and rain fell into his home via their leaves. The man had gained approval from the neighborhood committee to prune the trees, but they were pruned excessively, said Lu.


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