75 Year old Guanacaste tree cut down

Ten days ago, an impassioned post appeared on Facebook, placed there by Belmopan resident, John Pinello, highlighting the fact that a landmark; a 75 year old Guanacaste tree at the entrance to Belmopan, was on the chopping block to make way for a roundabout at the Guanacaste junction. PlusNews was called out to the junction late this evening by concerned residents who informed us that heavy activity was occuring on site at the Junction and that the Guanacaste Tree was being de-limbed. When we arrived on the scene heavy vlcsnap-2015-03-13-10h42m24s5 equipment was in place, as workers moved rapidly to de-limb, and then segment by segment, chop down the tree. Plusnews understands that earlier today, representatives of the rapidly growing Facebook community had met with the Technical Team from Ministry of Works and the CEO in an effort to save the tree in its current location or have it relocated, but to no avail as they were told that the tree must go. The Management team stated that making adjustments at this time will cost more money. The group was unable to get support from the Audubon Society which manages the Guanacaste National Park. The leaders of the effort were preparing their next steps to get public support when they found out that the tree they were trying to save was being cut down. Taking it in strides the Facebook community began making posts that ranged from anger to utter dismay to “progress brings problems…” The original post had accumvlcsnap-2015-03-13-10h42m53s14ulated over 360 likes and 184 shares. The construction of the much anticipated roundabout at the Guanacaste Park Junction in Belmopan is a part of the Belize Road Safety project, and is being co-funded by the Government of Belize and the Caribbean Development Bank. The contract for that project was signed with RGB Construction Co. Ltd. in January of this year.

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