Massy Properties has apologized for its removal of two royal palm trees from the Warren’s section of the ABC Highway this week and has promised to urgently replant them.
This after Barbados TODAY published a back page caption story yesterday highlighting the development, which drew the ire of some local environmentalists.
In a statement issued yesterday afternoon, Massy Properties said “the incident occurred as the company was seeking to undertake work on the eastern side of its property.
“In an attempt to transplant the trees, it was discovered that the utility cables in that area were only about two feet deep and were intertwined with the roots system of the said trees,” the company said, adding that “efforts to facilitate the safe extraction of the trees was not possible without damaging the cables”.
However, the Trinidad-based conglomerate said it would be replanting two similar sized palm varieties in the area as a matter of urgency, as well as engaging with the relevant utility provider to ensure that the trees were replanted in a responsible way.
“We wish to point out that the trees in question were not the property of Massy Stores and as such their removal was not done under their authority,” the statement added.