Removed memorial trees and plaques at Bala Falls raises local concern
The removal of some memorial trees and plaques has raised concern with some residents in Bala. Save the Bala Falls’ Bill Purkis tells the Moose he finds the removal of the memorials near the Bala Falls south dam to be “outreagous behaviour” on the part of the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR). He questions the urgency of the removal and says taking the trees out in the middle of summer is not ideal. Purkis wonders if the MNR was under some type of pressure from Queen’s Park to get them removed.
MNR spokesperson Jolanta Kowalski tells the Moose that the memorial trees were put in by Bala Communities in Bloom in 2007 on Crown land beside the Bala south dam. They were put in to commemorate members of local families who had passed away. More from Kowalski…
Kowalski says Bala Communities in Bloom had the trees removed on July 14th to private land locations in consultation with respective property owners and the families associated with the memorials and trees. Kowalski says there was no pressure to have them removed by upper levels of government….
Regardless, Purkis says the removals show no respect for the dead and he maintains it was “done by stealth”.