Published: 25 May, 2012
• ON Sunday morning two weeks ago a long stretch of pavement along our street was cordoned off while a gang of tree surgeons began to make an enormous disturbance, reducing every tree to stumps, shredding all the felled branches in a roaring machine attached to their van, and leaf-blowing the pavement. This went on for hours.
It turned out the tree surgeons were unauthorised.
What is tree surgery? I don’t remember it in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s or 2000s. Now it seems every street is routinely subject to it.
Trees aren’t being given a chance to live. Over time numerous tiny branches grow out from the stumps, giving the trees an “Edward Scissorhands” look, but then tree surgeons return and hack those off.
It all seems very unnatural. If trees were meant to completely shed their branches, wouldn’t evolution have found a way of taking care of this?