Down on the Allotment

What's happening down on the allotment? An intimate account of a passionate veggie grower.

Friday, February 22, 2008

A very sad day

These are three beautiful black poplar trees which have been a feature of my veggie plot for at least the last 30 years. The trees themselves must have been at least 60 or 70 years old. The local blackbirds and thrushes sit on the highest branch and their song carries for miles. On quiet Summer days you can just listen to the sound of the wind in the trees. Wonderful!
They have been well maintained over the years with skillful tree surgery, pollarded every few years..until now.
The current owners of the back garden in which they are situated have purchased the rear part of the neighbouring back gardens - is it called landgrabbing? - and now have planning permission to build several large houses. I was under the impression that these trees had a preservation order upon them, I telephoned the council planning department while the workmen were doing their job - in order to try to save these beautiful trees. The reply was that 'the tree department aren't in today'.
So 24 hours later....
They were gone.

18 Comments:

At 8:53 PM, Blogger <> WeekendFarmer <> said...

TERRIBLE!!!what a pity! How could they do that? I am so sorry to read this.

I love your blog and enjoy reading. Hopefully you can plant some trees to fill the void these beautiful trees left behind.

 
At 10:24 PM, Blogger Nancy J. Bond said...

What a shame. I feel your pain. It takes so long to bring a tree to maturity and they give so much. How awful to simply destroy them to make way for construction, as if they couldn't be incorporated into the landscaping. Sad, indeed.

 
At 10:29 PM, Blogger Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

That's horrible.

 
At 2:51 AM, Blogger Katie said...

What a bummer! Some people have no sense.

When we told our neighbors that we were going to take a couple limbs off of our child of a California Sycamore so the sun would shine on our veggie garden, they said, "Why not just take down the whole thing. Those trees are a mess and good for nothing anyway." My consensus? People are morons. Birds know better!

 
At 5:16 PM, Blogger Pepette said...

That is simply awful.

A similar thing happened here a few months ago; a whole line of trees that separated our allotments and a neighbouring park was cut down. The silver lining is that they were removed to make space for more allotment plots and not houses or unsightly buildings ...

 
At 6:46 PM, Blogger kate said...

How can that it be? That was so sad to read about. And what a helpless feeling you'd have had when the workers arrived and there was nothing to be done to stop them. It's always so hard to read about good trees being cut down for ever more development.

 
At 7:23 PM, Blogger LOUISE @ HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS said...

Sorry to see your lovely trees go. Where I lived as a child, they cut down hundreds of pine trees to make way for a golf course. A tragedy. x

 
At 11:26 PM, Blogger UKBob said...

Hi Matron, thats disgusting and another example of greedy people, they make me sick. Councils are just a total waste of time when it comes to doing something of real value to the community. Its no good giving us a bin for every different sort of rubbish in the name of saving the environment when they allow this sort of thing to continue. Its just all a big farce. Bob.

 
At 1:12 AM, Blogger primrozie said...

Oh Matron :(

 
At 3:20 AM, Blogger Hedgewitch said...

My heart sank to see this :-(

 
At 8:46 AM, Anonymous earthwoman said...

Oh dear, that really was a sad post. They are such beautiful trees as well.

 
At 8:56 AM, Blogger Country Cottage Chic said...

Oh no! How sad that is - I hate to see a tree cut down. Thanks for visiting my blog - it was nice to find you as I too am a veggie grower.

:-)
Jayne

 
At 12:16 AM, Blogger Pigler said...

Hi Matron, I've been reading for a while now and enjoy your blog. So sorry about those beautiful trees. Mature trees are being taken down in my local park. I presumed it was due to disease but my friend tells me they are redesigning the park and over 100 trees are being felled, what a waste.

 
At 1:18 AM, Blogger notsocrafty.com said...

That's such a shame.

 
At 7:18 AM, Blogger prettyshabby said...

hi.. I came over from jaynes to see your bears but i just had to leave a comment on this post..its such a shame, our 1920s house along with another 6 properties, are built on what was an old orchard, since we have lived here (8yrs) 10 mature trees have been cut down in neighbouring gardens, they are now on at me to remove our huge 100ft horse chesnut..no way! our garden now has all the birds and they have empty birdtables! and guess who has the best James Greeve apples at apple picking time!

 
At 12:28 PM, Blogger Wild Mood Swings said...

Yes it's true people are people and there are indeed some sdad ones.

Not satisfied with cutting down 5 huge trees at the rear of mine earlier this year to make way for an access road to a new hotel down the way , I spied that they have earmarked 49 trees between mine and the hotel entrance as well.

On a lighter note I have managed to grow 6 [ I know it's not much ] baby sycamore trees as my fight back and I have planted 5 redcurrant plants in my guerilla gardening of late , so I'm doing my little part to fight back.

BTW : Just how many readers do you have now , it seems the whole world reads your blog now ?

 
At 11:45 AM, Blogger Karen @ Wiggly Wigglers said...

Hi Matron,

What can I say? It's so sad and yet another example of people squeezing houses in at any cost. I really feel for you.

 
At 3:44 AM, Blogger heirloomgardener said...

I am so sad for you and those trees.

 

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