I am gutted to say that, after more than 21 years of living in this neighbourhood, an integral part of the scenery is being cut down as I type:
We've seen other, smaller, trees being cut down in our time here but this is easily the biggest one. The worst thing is that when Limpy went to investigate why it was going the tree surgeon's response was 'because we can'. Absolutely gutted.
Our herring gulls are red listed birds. Think about that the next time you hear some flaming idiot calling for a cull of them.
In reply to Robbo:
Robbo said:Don't suppose that large tree in your photo is an ash?
I don't know. It's certainly not an oak or a horse chestnut so it's possibly an ash. My tree identification skills are woeful.
It seems to be the way these days, to chop trees down. We had someone chop down two large trees a couple of years ago, which resulted in a pair of buzzards disappearing. I can only guess they found a new home, though we do have buzzards in the area again.
Many of you will recall the issues with trees being chopped down in Sheffield during the last year or so, in an industrial fashion.
Locally here, not just trees chopped down, but complete woodland areas are being decimated!
All the woodland and fields I used to play in as a child, are now housing estates, retail or business parks, and what was left, is HS2!
They call it progress!
We have two trees in our garden, a sycamore and cherry, both of which will stay with us unless their health dictates otherwise, though there are and never have been any nests in them, they do provide a perching area, so I have them trimmed around October time, every 3-4 years.
Flickr Peak Rambler
Robbo said:The shape does make it a possible ash. If it was, the tree surgeon should really have explained. Maybe there were quite a few people already raising concerns and the surgeon was getting fed up. No excuse for rudeness though.
That may also explain the response Clare received "because we can", which may be embarrassment, or fear of reprisals from neighbours over a disease they really have no control over.
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