Sunday, July 19, 2009

Conservation at all costs?

This is a tree. A very large gum tree - actually only half of it, because the other half (it was a double-trunker) fell the other way. You may discern that under this tree is a shed. Or what is left of it.
This is one of the trees that we wanted to cut down, but were told we were not allowed. This is an old and historic tree, the council man said. It must be preserved. This was three years ago when, even then, it was obvious the two trunks were gradually moving apart, and the tree falling was inevitable.
This tree is no longer old and historic. It is FLAT on the ground and it is becoming FIREWOOD. Unlike many of our other varied and beautiful gum trees, which are numerous and have birds and animals in them, this tree was clearly doomed, even to those who didn't know much about trees. Now it has gone. Our task is to try and extract our stuff from the shed, bit by bit.
The tree cannot be left for native habitat. There are many other fallen trees doing this job much better. Hopefully now it has gone, it will leave room for new trees.


Snail said...

Gawd! That is a shed, isn't it? Not the main building?

Maybe the chap from Council might like to relocate the tree? Good luck with the removal.

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Sherryl.
I take a harsher view, and regret the man from the Council was not there when it came down.
Not actually under it, (though its worth thinking about), but just to see it happen in real time, real life.
Tell him to get out of his office and get real.
Lots of firewood for you, provided your chainsaw is not in the shed still. (Is it a Stihl?)
Sorry. Couldn't resist.

Sherryl said...

Have to agree, Denis. Wish I'd seen it myself, actually. Would have been a mighty sight, even though I would have been crying about the shed.

Yep, Snail, the shed. Not the house. But that's another story...

Lorraine said...

I really enjoyed these comments. Sorry it actually happened, though.

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