Apple orchard picked for Woodmont Commons rally in Londonderry
Resident Mary Tetreau, spokesperson for the newly formed Save Woodmont Apple Trees (SWAT) group, said the public event, planned for Sunday, Aug. 4, will raise citizen awareness while “allowing local citizens to hug those apple trees goodbye before they’re chopped down for development.”
“We’ll be there to say goodbye to 10,000 trees,” said Tetreau, who is one of several citizens hoping project developers will consider preserving 609 of the apple trees by setting aside a small section of land as a public park.
Participants will be encouraged to “give the trees a hug” and bring picnic lunches. Water and apple cider will be served.
The rally will proceed south on Gilcreast Road to Cortland Street to the site of the proposed 19-acre Apple Way Park. This is the most heavily trafficked part of the Woodmont Commons land, where proponents said the park will benefit the most people and preserve a view shed vital to Londonderry’s agricultural heritage.
Project officials for Woodmont Commons, a 300-acre town village project proposed for the former orchard site, said the project is expected to bring 3,600 more residents to Londonderry, along with 3,800 commuting employees once it hits its 20-year-buildout.
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