There are a number of young trees near the Canberra centre that have had several boughs yanked off, or left to dangle dangerously on the footpath, the raw wood exposed. I spotted this outrage on Tuesday, unfortunately too close to the end of Summernats for me to think it would have had nothing to do with that estimable event. Whoever the culprits were, I hope they’re feeling some shame now they’re sober. Everyone has to suffer as a result of their cruel stupidity. The shade provided a building will never be as cool or as soothing as that provided by a tree, and buildings don’t produce oxygen either.
The main reason I think that such senseless vandalism is increasing in our society is that we have so many old, healthy and established trees planted in our streets in rows, none missing.
How many trees will we have in 50 years?