Friday, 3 October 2008

Who murdered the trees outside Waitati Hall?

We've all done it. You hear a chainsaw starting up outside. It sounds
loud and close by. Ummmm, who's chopping down what? You stare out the
window. It better not be that lovely native tree I stare at out the
kitchen window everyday whilst doing the washing up!

Well, that's me out there…. I was the one who murdered the trees. Sorry!

The Waitati Hall Committee approached me to tame rampant planting
outside the hall with a view to increasing the hall's visibility (and
hence security), however I was surprised at the amount of people who
had an interest in the work I was doing.

"It will grow back won't it" was one response... "Are you keeping the
apple tree?" was another. One dubious local resident could only be
placated when the exact fate of each individual shrub was explained in
detail. I think it's understandable that people are concerned when the
familiar is dramatically altered, but when it comes to planting,
experience suggests that pruning is often necessary to preserve what
we love.

The long-term aim is to prune back re-growth and maintain the
'see-through' look that currently makes the hall more visible.
Hopefuly this will put an end to recent security problems. A well
looked after community hall with well-maintained landscaping better
reflects how much we all value Waitati Hall.

Thanks to Mark Gibson Tree Care for grinding out the stumps of exotic
trees likely to regrow. I'll be back now and then over the summer to
weed / trim and tidy further, so be assured the sound of a chainsaw
doesn't necessarily equal coppiced kowhai.

P.S. Yes, I've drastically pruned the apple tree and hopefully we'll
all enjoy some fruit this autumn.

P.P.S. for those who asked, no, we couldn't retain any shrubs dense
enough for you to pee behind. Sorry.

by Paul Ashford

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