At the end of November, the municipality will start removing poplars again. Sun 550 of those trees in the city are in bad shape. For every tree that is removed, a new tree comes back. But why do those trees have to go? The Hague Green explains:

“After the war, poplars were planted throughout The Hague, especially along long avenues and in new housing estates. Poplars were chosen because they grow very quickly, so that new neighborhoods quickly got a nice green appearance,” says project leader for poplars approach Martina van der Vegt of the Municipality of The Hague.

Slack and vulnerable

Even though a poplar grows quickly, the tree species has a major disadvantage. Due to the rapid growth, the wood becomes limp and fragile as the tree ages. “Poplars have weak wood and long branches. This makes it easy to break off large branches. The trees are a danger to passers-by who walk, cycle or drive under and along poplars.”

Serious accidents

For safety in the city it is necessary to cut these unsafe trees. “That is very sad, but the risk of branch breakage is really great. In recent years, several serious accidents have occurred due to large branches falling on passers-by. Houses and cars were also damaged by branch breakage. We want to prevent accidents in the future as much as possible,” says Martina.

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