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the death of a tree

June 10, 2021

sorry, this is off topic but I am at a loss for words

at a time when my province (British Columbia) is embroiled in yet another logging dispute

so far 185 protesters have been arrested – I admire their courage and dedication

the municipality has decided to remove more mature trees from the boulevard

one yesterday and this one this morning

does it look better or worse in colour?

it was planted in the 1940’s – years to grow

and only 1/2 hour to fell

and then on to the third one

there is only one saving grace – the municipality will plant new, immature trees

I’ll be dead before they cast any shadeI was brought up in a logging community

a mill town – the mill whistle blew at noon every day

and in emergencies or when someone was lost in the woods

once it blew every 1/2 hour for 4 days, day and night

 it left a lasting impression in my childish heart

the whine of chainsaws drives me crazy!

Update — the third tree only received a serious pruning and didn’t come down

small blessings


16 Comments leave one →
  1. June 14, 2021 1:59 pm

    Sometimes there’s a reason (invasive roots, dead and dangerous limbs) but most often it seems to me that they do it because they don’t want to undertake a continuous program of pruning maintenance. Australia is full of mature shade trees beloved in their communities which are brought down by local councils because they are introduced or ‘invasive’ species. Never mind that they fulfil a useful function (shade, beauty, a meeting place, a wildlife habitat), political correctness must reign.


    • June 14, 2021 2:49 pm

      Kate – or frequent changes of people on the municipal council who don’t have enough knowledge or think they have more important things to do. There is a professional arborist but I don’t think he has a lot of influence.


  2. trl710 permalink
    June 14, 2021 9:47 am

    I live on a block that has a tree tunnel made up of non-fruiting pear trees. They are very very tall and it’s a beautiful tunnel. However these trees are getting old and not doing well. One was recently cut down due to rot at the base. The tree crew made some lovely slices for me -they are around 18 inches across that I can put in the garden as a memory of the tree. The tree in front of my home is also sick but apparently not as sick as some. These trees are about 50 years old and they will replace them but I will not live to see them make this beautiful tunnel.


    • June 14, 2021 10:54 am

      Tobie – love the idea of keeping some slices of the tree. I don’t understand our approach to tree maintenance, the Japanese loveingly care for trees and keep them alive, sometimes for several hundred years. They even cover them with a bamboo frames in the winter to protect them from snow damage.

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  3. June 13, 2021 7:27 am

    I’m sure they have a laundry list of reasons for taking them down… and I get it. HOWEVER, shame on them for not nurturing them over their 40 year life span. Properly cared for and pruned they might have been able to stay even with the city growing up around them.. 😦


    • June 13, 2021 10:42 am

      Lynda – tax $$ can only be stretched so far, this is only one two block stretch of plantings. The local area (Vancouver Island) is a “hotbed” of environmentalists, on the whole there is a deep awareness and care for the natural environment surrounding us.

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  4. June 12, 2021 8:28 pm

    I suppose when they were planted, there wasn’t any thought they might reach for the sky in growth and as you have said above the “city grew up around them”
    Here it’s the housing developer who is taking some of our magnificent trees because the building is more important than a mature tree, and then they plant these 2′ high things saying “see we are replacing them…” but then forget to nurture them!


    • June 12, 2021 11:02 pm

      Catherine – well, they knew what type of tree they were planting and should have know its growth pattern. Now, you can’t cut down a tree, even on private property, without permission and then a new one has to be planted. We live in an area that is famous for its gardens and municipal land is well maintained.

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  5. June 11, 2021 1:25 am

    How sad! Trees on a street give so many benefits. I am not against cutting down trees for fuel as you will have realised but these are trees planted for the purpose and cut as coppice so they will regrow (and maybe if they continue to be managed in this way, immortal) Mature trees are a different matter entirely. I have a particularly soft spot for weeping trees which those look to be.


    • June 11, 2021 9:58 am

      Sue – the trees are a type of weeping birch, a strange choice when it was made but they are now showing a certain amount of die back in their upper branches and have not been regularly pruned. Now the trees being replanted are a river birch but the choice of magnolia has been offered to property owners and it has changed the look of a long line of similar trees. Besides the magnolias are not native and usually are grown as a specimen tree.

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      • June 13, 2021 5:55 am

        I have never come across Weeping Birch! I like magnolias but there is something special about an avenue of one type of tree which is rather magnificent so, like you, I am not sure about mixing them.


      • June 13, 2021 10:48 am

        Sue – the new plants are quick growing according to the municipality and they grow straight up. Don’t know how big they will get.

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      • June 14, 2021 3:06 am

        I hope they soon make the street look lovely again.


      • June 14, 2021 10:56 am

        Sue – as they remove a few each year it will be a long time before there is a length of mature trees.


  6. June 11, 2021 12:07 am

    Why do they plant big trees near houses and then not prune them? Hopefully with new trees they will get it right now. Never nice to hear a chain saw.


    • June 11, 2021 10:04 am

      Cathy – the city has grown up around the street since the trees were planted – oh, how the world has changed and is changing!


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