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Sit-in protest temporarily saves Meadowbrook Golf Course trees

WATCH ABOVE: A group dedicated to saving trees in Montreal's West End scored a small victory as they prevented four silver maples from being cut down on Meadowbrook Golf Course. As Kelly Greig reports, it was a last minute rescue.

LACHINE – The work has already started, deep cuts made in two silver maple trees slated to be cut down at the Meadowbrook Golf Course.

That’s when Louise Chenevert stepped, or rather, sat in to protest.

“I asked them a question and they started cutting,” she said.

“I said ‘if you’re not going to answer me I’ll sit down.’ They said ‘you can’t do that’ but I did anyways.”

The crew left soon after.

Hydro-Quebec sent Global News a statement stating “four decaying and dangerous trees need to be removed for safety reasons. These trees are located by the transmission line and show obvious signs of degradation.”

Nevertheless, the group Sauvons La Falaise is trying to save them.

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Initially, they were trying to protect the wooded area on the Saint-Jacques Escarpment.

Now, they’ve taken up the cause of the silver maples.

“I think these trees are the symbol of everything that is happening with all the trees being cut down everywhere,” said group founder Lisa Mintz.

“There doesn’t seem to be a lot of reason for it.”

For now, the trees will remain standing, but the fight is not over.

“There’s always hope,” said Mintz.

“As long as the trees are still standing there’s hope.”

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