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I Love Trees

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dorsetpennt Tue 05-Mar-13 09:22:06

I live in an 'avenue' which as the name implies is a road lined with trees. Sounds nice. Its an almost an avenue as the local Council keeps pollarding the trees. I agree that there must be some management of the trees so that they don't block the road or scratch cars - not my reasoning by the way - it's nearly spring and there are bunch of guys outside hell-bent on attacking the tree outside my house.
This seaside town is known for it's pines and tree lined roads - one of the reasons I live here. Yet I've had a few battles with neighbours who have wanted to chop down the trees in the back. One actually said she hated trees - why move here then? say I. It's fine to trim back the lower branches but they don't block out the sun and we have a wealth of birds etc because of them. If you must trim get a bona fide tree surgeon who knows what he's doing. I managed to get a tree lover from our local council to list our trees ,so that now the tree haters have to ask for permission and trim properly.
My idea of hell is to live on one of those treeless estates that proliferate on the outskirts of many towns and cities.

j08 Tue 05-Mar-13 09:29:23

I saved a tree once.

A builder was going to cut it down because it was on his fence line. Heard the chainsaw start up, rushed out, rang the council, harangued the builder till the lady from the planning department arrived. Tree still there.

Like this fencefencefencetreefencefencefence


FlicketyB Tue 05-Mar-13 09:47:46

I love trees. I have been fortunate to always to be in a position where a view of trees has been a requirement for any house we bought, not necessarily in our garden or in woodland, but in the road or other peoples garden's

I now live in a village with a tree lined road at the front and a host of trees, in our garden, our neighbours gardens and on railway land at the back forming a green and bosky frame for our back garden. When my bathroom was refitted recently I positioned the bath so that I could look out of the window at the trees in and around my garden. When we moved here I even had all the frosted glass in the window replaced with clear so that the greenery in the garden, could be enjoyed when in the bathroom.

Although pollarding is now done in towns for decorative purposes, the technique has existed for thousand of years. Like coppicing it enables farmers to cultivate the long straight whips and branches needed for all kinds of constructional and agricultural uses but, in woods where cattle and pigs grazed, at a height where the new growth is safe from browsing animals.

POGS Tue 05-Mar-13 10:52:44


Obviously I love trees but I love to see your neck of the woods when the rhododendrons are in flower. Along the road at Wareham, if I am not mistaken, is just so beautiful isn't it. smile

Jadey Tue 05-Mar-13 11:18:58

I love trees too, so beautiful they are.

numberplease Tue 05-Mar-13 12:05:09

I love trees as well, as long as I don`t have to live too near to them, because to me, trees mean insects, usually wasps, and I hate creepy crawlies and most insects, TERRIFIED of wasps, so, trees at a distance preferably.

Joan Tue 05-Mar-13 12:12:27

I love trees - my garden has so many, mostly planted by me. There are some in the old farm down the back, and up the street at the front. When grevillias are in bloom we get lots of parrots and lorikeets and various nectar-eaters.

We once moved into a house where there was a huge lizard living in a palm tree - the kids loved it. We had a big mulberry tree that drooped over the carport tin roof. Mulberries would fall on the roof, and ferment in puddles in dips in the surface, then birds would eat them and get drunk.

Bez Tue 05-Mar-13 12:59:37

We too love trees and have a variety in our garden. Since yesterday morning we have had a very strong wind and during the night a huge bough has split from a pine tree near our front boundary. It fortunately did not block the road - just made it a bit narrower. So we have spent the morning cutting the smaller branches off and working up to the split and not letting it all fall and totally ruin the fence too. Looks like we managed that and we hope the tree will survive.
Our world would be a very different place with no trees to feast our eyes on.

annodomini Tue 05-Mar-13 13:02:10

I too love trees and have some lovely ones in my garden, but at present some of them are making me wheeze. sad

whenim64 Tue 05-Mar-13 13:24:48

I'm lucky to live in a tiny lane that was once a path through woods, so I'm surrounded by trees, much of which is ancient woodland. My front path diverts around a massive Englsh oak, and there are several more oaks lining the lane, leading into parkland. In the spring, when the trees come into leaf, it's heavenly. In the autumn, the squirrels hide acorns all around my garden, so I'm forever pulling out tiny saplings that are in the wong place. In the summer, the dappled light is so relaxing to sit in. I just wish winter was a bit shorter.

I do get lots of leaves falling into the bonnet of my car, too much bird poo from jays, wood pigeons and magpies, and I could never have a Sky sattelite dish, but so what? grin My next door neighbour doesn't like spiders' webs reaching from branch to garden gate, but I love to see them.

Best if all is the tawny owls calling through the wood when I'm reaing in bed late at night. Blissful! smile

j08 Tue 05-Mar-13 13:30:21

Walnut trees are a bu trial to get out if you don't spot them soon enough. #thankssquirrel

soop Tue 05-Mar-13 13:50:48

My father would often recite a poem written by Joyce Kilmer...

'I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree...'

My son gave us a Ginko biloba when we planted the garden. It is very slow growing but one of the most ancient species of trees to survive. smile

numberplease Tue 05-Mar-13 15:35:46

Will you take it with you when you leave there Soop?

soop Tue 05-Mar-13 15:45:31

number I doubt that it would survive being dug out of the ground. It sits alongside other trees and shrubs and appears to be happy.
We're awaiting another quote from a different builder. Four months is a long time to "tread water" with builder number one. It's becoming more apparent that our wee hoos is not a big-bucks earner. We almost threw in the towel over the weekend. And then, thanks to friends, we rallied. smile

Butty Tue 05-Mar-13 17:05:21

when You're living in a wonderful spot! Any houses for sale near you? smile

whenim64 Tue 05-Mar-13 17:30:30

Unfortunately not on my lane at present, Butty - people hang on to them because they are secluded but near the motorway system and airport. Mine was the last purchase 7 years ago (oh, that's a coincidence - 7 years ago today I moved in!) smile

You would make a great neighbour, if I could persuade the old man next door to move out. He likes to get up at 4am and bang his cupboard doors! We had words this morning (well, I had words and he said nothing!) grin

Galen Tue 05-Mar-13 17:35:06

There are a lot of trees where I live and woods around. At a rough count I have twelve trees in my garden including a mulberry and a 12ft high bonsai oakhmm oh and I forgot the native hedge I've planted and the rowan.
I love the owls as well
Down on the edge of the town they've built a massive new estate with no trees sad

Butty Tue 05-Mar-13 17:58:27

when smile

Just thinking aloud - if you were to become the neighbour from hell, might the OMND move?

whenim64 Tue 05-Mar-13 18:09:29

Hmmm hmm I think I'm already the neighbour from hell, Butty. The last owners used to put up with his bad behaviour, but I speak to him about it. He just keeps out of my way when he sees me on the horizon! grin

Butty Tue 05-Mar-13 18:12:50


Ella46 Tue 05-Mar-13 19:04:59

soop My dad used to sing that......."I think that I will never see".....
I share the love.

Grannylin Tue 05-Mar-13 19:57:36

I have too many trees, OH doesn't like cutting them down.Nearly posted today to ask if anyone had ever used a chainsaw...that's how desperate I'm getting! Got a lovely stone barn to convert if you fancy Devon Butty

BAnanas Tue 05-Mar-13 20:56:41

I know your town Dorsetpennt it's beautifully wooded especially around Canford Cliffs and Branksome. I love trees, not only to look at, but I love the sound of the leaves rustling in light winds, can sound a bit scary with very strong winds. The world would be a far less beautiful place without trees.

Bags Tue 05-Mar-13 20:56:42

I've used a chainsaw. Started with an electric 'crocodile' type.

Bags Tue 05-Mar-13 21:03:59

I love trees too, by the way, but the rhododendrons round here are monsters and need cutting back.