... but it's special to me and today my landlord is hacking at it because the witch neighbour across the land has complained about it. Apparently she doesn't like looking at it.
Let me explain. Between my house and her house is a patch of wasteland. Some owned by my landlord and some owned by the council. Part of it gets used as a car park by the people who live in the street (me included) whilst the rest is left to nature. It's a wonderful piece of land split into two by the parking area. On the main area (landlords) there are a few full grown trees and several saplings, stacks of brambles and other wild plants. The local community bramble pick. It's lovely to see people bring their children and grandchildren and let's be honest fresh berries are so much nicer than shop bought. The land is also a haven for wildlife. Birds, squirrels, hedgehogs, foxes not forgetting the myriad of invertibrates and insects.
The small patch (council) wasn't doing so well so last year I cut back the brambles which has ceased to fruit because they were so mangled. I didn't kill them, just tidied them up. Of course the nettles took advantage of the cleared land but that wasn't a problem. After all, a lot of butterflies need nettles. Since then I and other people have scattered seeds or transplanted seedlings on the land. No cultivation....it's left to nature. If the seeds or seedling's grow then brilliant, if not then they weren't meant to be there. This summer we began to see the fruits of the seeding and planting. Not just in colour as plants flowered by in the influx of new wildlife. We no longer just have the insects that need nettles. This year I saw a peacock butterfly. Not exciting to many people but this is a newcomer. Who knows whether it's come by the effects of nature or the help we've given but either way it's there and where there's one there'll be more. We've also had green and brown tree bugs. Again nothing special but new to this area.
So why, if the area looks nicer, is my neighbour complaining. Well it has nothing to do with the tree. My landlord owns my house and the empty house next door which, for some reason, he hasn't got around to doing up. She loves to bad mouth him around the neighbourhood about this (he doesn't know). Recently he's started working on the house and this week he had insulation and rendering installed on the outside walls (the house is old and single brick). It looks brilliant and she's jealous because now our house and the empty house look nicer than hers so she's found something new to whinge about. My landlord is a nice man and wanted to keep the peace so he's chopped off the branches that overhang his land. He was going to chop more until he saw how upset I was.
I know it's daft but it's not just a tree it's my tree (OK not my tree) and a habitat for who knows what creatures.
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