Massy apologizes for cutting down trees

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.

Massy Properties has promised to urgently replant two similar trees.
Massy Properties has promised to urgently replant two similar trees.

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.

11 Responses to Massy apologizes for cutting down trees

  1. Alex Alleyne May 28, 2016 at 5:41 am


  2. BaJan boy May 28, 2016 at 6:11 am

    Massey can behave like way that simply because Barbados has no leadership. Massey has already willfully committed the damage and think an apology is all once they plant back a few palms. They need to be boycotted by all bajans who care about this fair land and they should even be prosecuted for wilful damage to the crown’s property.

  3. lennox hewitt May 28, 2016 at 6:14 am

    Can’t get a fish from wunna unless ya do time and now wunna trestpassing cutting down people trees not only plant back trees but wunna want suing 2

  4. Ashanda Coward
    Ashanda Coward May 28, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Wow over trees man wanna seriously got issues. You all wont even accept an apology over cutting trees!!!! I keep saying some of you bajans so unforgiving it ain’t funny. But because of past issues you all have issues with the company. They are just trees people not a life, if they apologize and will replant just keep moving everything wanna does pick at then stpzzzzz. Apology accepted plant over the trees and live fussing over trees stpzzzz. They had a reason to remove them, now they would put them back. Stpzzzz make to much of a big issue out of simply things.

  5. Mike May 28, 2016 at 8:42 am

    What de France. Saying the tress were planted in an irresponsible way. For real!. I hope the trees can be replanted soon and I believe they can replant large trees and not from small.

  6. eddy murray May 28, 2016 at 9:25 am

    These trees were not even on their property, but just trying to run the coconut vendors, out of business. Why cut down something that was not belong to you in the first place.

  7. jrsmith May 28, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Massey seems to do what they like in Barbados ,as I said before Barbados is there for the taking but not by bajans. We are loosing our island…

  8. sunshinecanada May 28, 2016 at 11:09 am

    They Wan to run barbados cause nobody, is running it,

  9. islandgal May 28, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    i wonder how many of you all posters have trees planted on your property??? Yes trees can be planted irresponsibly, like putting them close to underground water pipes and electricity cables. In these cases there should be removed or replanted in a safer place. I am all for trees but they should be planted responsibly.

  10. islandgal May 29, 2016 at 7:55 am

    “Tony Waterman
    May 28, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    @islandgal!!!!! Before you make an IRRESPONSIBLE Statement like that, i think that maybe/perhaps you should tell us (Find out) which was there first, the Tree or the Utility Infrastructure, as we really don’t or have NOT been told That., anyhow, if they were my Trees i would be suing the ass of of Massey.”

    Tony Waterman it is clear you DO NOT know anything about what I am speaking about.

    1. The Massy building was built first
    2. The Landscaping was put in after
    3. Apparently no one checked to see or was told where the underground pipes and cables were located. Many landscaping firms don’t care about these things only care about putting in the plants and trees.
    4. These problems will arise because landscapers
    do not pay attention to the final picture !

    My advice to you is that when planting trees please look at the final picture. I see many badly placed trees in landscapes that will one day pose a problem. Whenever I plant trees I look at the final size the tree will become, I check for any underground pipes and cables to decide where trees should be placed. Too many people plant the wrong type of trees in their gardens and later have to cut them down because they didn’t know the final size and the type of root system they have.

  11. Kevin May 29, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Can’t u guys see the trees were cut so road users can see those led bilboards.

    How u can say that trees are not alive? Seriously? Let’s cut them all down and see who lives.


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