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LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Soon, Magnolia Greens won’t be as green as it is now.

The golf community currently has about 600 trees lining the roadway.

But the town plans on cutting down about 200 of them.

Leland town manager David Hollis says cutting them down wasn’t the town’s idea.

“It’s not just the town’s recommendation to cut down the trees, we’re basing the recommendation off the state,” Hollis said.

The state urban forestry division surveyed the area about a year ago and pointed out some problems with the trees.

Live oaks are blocking street lights damaging sidewalks and sitting dangerously close to pipes and transformers.

“It’s these trees that need to come down,” Hollis said.

Some folks living in the neighborhood aren’t too happy about it. One neighbor tells us that’s why she moved to Magnolia Greens.

“They are what make that neighborhood and that neighborhood is what started all this great development that we have in Leland. They’re just gonna cut them down. I think it’s gonna be a shame,” she said.

Neighbors that don’t want to see the oaks go think the homeowners association should have looked for a resolution… rather than just chopping them down.

“If you go to Southport or downtown Wilmington, those towns have found ways to keep the oak trees and ways to keep the roots from causing the sidewalks to crack. So I know there’s definitely solutions to it,” a neighbor said.

Other neighbors we spoke with say it’s a shame but it has to happen.

The project is expected to cost around $25,000 and should take around 2 months.

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  • Guest2020

    If I am not mistaken, the trees in Southport and Wilmington are much older trees. Wouldn’t that mean that the infrastructure was built around them and their established roots? Maybe that is how they are better able to deal with the issues.

  • guest1

    Yea Leland!?!? Why can’t you control the roots of a tree? I find that so funny. I also would like to point out how thousands and thousands of trees were chopped down so you could have that big house on your .25-.5 acre piece of land but less raise a fuss over the few trees that are damaging the sidewalks and will eventually spread to the roadways. The news already pointed out the dangers of the transformer and pipes. Your argument is absurd.

  • Barry

    Wrong Tree in the wrong application. If you are going to implement an ordinance, know what and how to do it.

  • Gogo

    Who planted them? Obviously someone who knows nothing about how BIG they get. What a waste.

  • Camille Deasy

    My question is this:

    Why did the Town Council approve the live oaks initially and said “nothing” about the trees being problematic until the developer left the scene in 2013? Throughout that time the HOA and the homeowners supplied the maintenance. Now, suddenly, the trees have become property of the town!

    The Town of Leland says that 200 trees are slated for removal. Does that mean that the remaining trees will NOT be removed?

    If other communities care for their oaks, why can’t we remove just those that are causing issues, and place tree barriers around the remaining trees to save them.

    It seems to me that the trimming and sidewalk repairs will continue to be an issue with the remainder of the trees OR will the town simply remove EVERY single tree to leave MG barren?

    Is this a quick fix to save money?

  • Guest2020

    The trees may be the property of the HOA, but the infrastructure isn’t. The article states that trees are affecting transformers and pipes. The transformers are the responsibility of the electric company and the pipes are the responsibility of the local municipality. They both have the right to protect what is theirs to protect. The developer should have been smarter with the planning, but then again, he was in the business to make money and he did that. Once his money is made, he usually doesn’t care about the rest of it.


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