We have some new neighbours who moved in a few weeks ago, just up the road. It seems that they're keen gardeners - I know this because it's what they told my husband. So, as keen gardeners, they need to tidy things up a bit so what better way to do it than to cut down the hedge (containing beech, holly, hawthorn etc., a good home and shelter for hedge sparrows, wrens, bank voles, hedgehogs [if you're lucky], et al) at the bottom of the garden, and replace it with a fence (containing pressure treated timber). Great!
I think you're right. It's all very well to say that the trees will be replaced but how do you replace a mature tree? It takes so many years for them to grow to their full stature and in the meantime it seems that 'nowadays they have vandalism to contend with as they grow. I sometimes think it's a sad world. I do take heart when I see the once industrial valleys greening over but often that gets spoilt by seeing acres of good farmland being bulldozed for housing, as is happening on several sites locally.
Still, on a happier note - a robin has started to build a nest in our climbing hydrangea and some blue-tits are prospecting the nest box in the hawthorne tree. Hope springs eternal!
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