By Bejay Browne
A LARGE number of Cypress trees growing adjacent to a main road in Paphos have been felled, leaving residents and the Green Party up in arms.
The Paphos District Committee of the Cyprus Green Party, said that they received complaints from residents of the area on Monday, informing them that a number of Cypress trees which line the old Paphos to Limassol road, and close to Mandria, had been cut.
After investigating, the Greens discovered that the land was privately owned and a licence to cut the trees had been given by the forestry department.
A spokesman for the Greens Paphos district committee told the Cyprus Mail that although a licence had been granted, it shouldn’t have been, and they are urging authorities to be more careful in future.
The spokesman said: “We were first made aware of this latest incident when residents of Mandria contacted us to let us know what was going on. We also witnessed the sad scene ourselves. The trees are on privately owned land and the forestry department granted the land owner permission to cut the trees as they were ‘overshadowing’ a number of saplings which have been plated there.”
The District Committee spokesman said that the forestry department should be much more careful in future and exhaust all other options to prevent similar actions being taken. They noted that the trees and green areas are of utmost importance and also help to enrich the environment.
“These trees have been cut all the way along the road. This is not the first time such a thing has happened in the area; little by little all the roadside trees are disappearing and it must stop.”