NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The city of Nashville will not cut down 21 ornamental cherry trees to make space to get the NFL draft stage, may or David Briley said Saturday.

In a press release, Briley said he had informed the NFL and also Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. that they might need to clear away the trees intact and replant them from the metropolis. Any trees that are near departure is going to be replaced with all fresh, healthy trees.

The trees have been cut down on Monday, just ahead of Nashville’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival involves a walk across the cherry coastal downtown riverfront on April 13. The 2019 NFL draft takes place at Nashville April 25-27.

The Tennessean reports the NFL and also Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. had stated they’d donate 200 cherry trees every day to Metro Parks for planting across the metropolis.

After plans to reduce the cherry trees were first made public, Nashville Tree Foundation Board president Noni Nielsen predicted the removal”incredibly short sighted” for a onetime event that’ll endure only a day or two.

Tracey Shafroth, an advocate for tree planting across the city,” said the new trees were not just a replacement for the old ones because it would require many years for them to reach maturity.

“We do not plant trees , we plant them for the grand children,” Shafroth said. “They require quite a long time to grow, and also their benefits grow while they grow”

According to city officials, the Briley’s office discussed removing the trees with Metro Parks Horticulturist Randall Lance after learning that the magnitude of this NFL draft stage and also other structures could require it.

Lance planted the vast majority of the trees that a number of years back. He said some of the trees within the area are compromised and may be substituted. The city had planned to use their own removal as a opportunity to reestablish the land and replant fresh, healthy trees.

On Saturday, Briley said from the press release that along with the 2 1 trees that will probably likely soon be relocated, both the NFL and also Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. will grow 17 more cherry trees at downtown Riverfront Park in previously vacant and fresh locations.

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