Editor: A few weeks ago I wrote to you and expressed my sentiments regarding the defeat of an interim tree bylaw by Langley Township council.
I had thrown in my “two-bits worth” and thought that would be it.
However, G. Lambert’s April 25 letter has inspired me again. Maybe an healthy argument is good for a senior’s brain cells — mine I hope.
G. Lambert presents themselves in the guise of a tree ‘respecter,’ but is willing to forgo their integrity in this regard for the convenience of a presumably hypothetical family who wish to make a ‘play space’ for the children. Sounds like ‘the modern family.’
Their first problem according to G. Lambert is a tight budget.
Well, if the trees are under a certain diameter they won’t have to worry anyway and it can be a do-it-yourself weekend project. They can dig up the small stumps and roots and head down to Canadian Tire for the ‘swing-set’ special.
On the other hand if these are mature trees, maybe even native to the area, it’s quite another story.
Are they ‘best of friends’ with the operator of a tree falling outfit who will perform this operation free of charge?
Normally, this would add up to big bucks and they can barely afford the arborist report and a removal permit.
And now they’re left with big stumps and root systems that won’t even allow for a nice garden.
I might respectfully suggest that G. Lambert come up with a better disguise as a tree removal advocate in order to fool me and many others wishing to protect our neighbourhoods and the environment.
A forested property is a delightful place for children to play and explore, I know from personal experience.
Unless mature trees are diseased or posing danger to persons, they should be left undisturbed for the enjoyment by all, close up and from a distance. But trees do certainly get in the way of redevelopment and the attached financial profit.
Sorry, G. Lambert, try again.