The Hague - Municipality taking new approach to unsafe poplars

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Municipality taking new approach to unsafe poplars

Published: 10 January 2019Modified: 10 January 2019

Approximately 2,200 poplar trees in The Hague are in poor condition. This is why they are being cut down and replaced. The municipality will now first hold talks with area residents living in locations where many poplars have been deemed unsafe.

Poplars become weak and vulnerable as they grow older. As a result the branches break off easily. Replacing such large trees has a big impact on the area. This is why the municipality held talks with area residents at 4 locations in September and October 2018.

Replacing poplars

The talks revealed that most of the residents preferred replacing the trees rather than pruning them. Residents were asked to decide which trees will be planted back. On the Conradkade, where the most poplars are standing, residents chose to replace part of the poplars and to prune and later replace another part.

New approach

The Hague Municipal Executive has decided to continue to use this approach. At locations with less than 50 poplars the poplars will be cut down and replaced by new trees. Area residents will receive a letter and will be invited to decide which trees will be planted back. At locations with more than 50 unsafe poplars, the municipality will first hold talks with area residents.

Also see: Replacing unsafe poplars (in Dutch)