Trees mean a lot to columnist

Becoming a 'tree hugger' one option for would-be protester

Today I’m asking for help.

It might be considered a selfish request, as I live across the street from the trees I’m concerned about.

It probably is partly selfish, but isn’t only selfish, as it affects all citizens of Sidney who care about trees.

Across Fifth Street, beside Oakville Avenue, there is a beautiful grove of evergreen trees; spruces, firs and a hemlock or two. They are probably about 40 years old and could still be growing long after all of us are gone.

They create a lovely sight amongst the condominiums, office buildings and parking lots. It looks like a small park, a welcome sight in an urban area.

Not only that, trees are reputed to absorb the fumes from cars and other noxious odors, releasing oxygen in their stead.

Now I’m told that this property has been sold to someone who intends to erect another condominium, part of it on land where these trees presently stand.

I don’t think I can stand it.

I’m no Joan of Arc, but feel I must make a stand against such a plan. If I were to chain myself to the trunk of one of these trees, and prop a giant sign by my side shouting “Save These Trees”, do you think it might have the desired effect?

Maybe I could start one of those “gatherings” called “protests” right here in Sidney and notify the media.

One of my daughters was appalled at my proposal, and said, “Mother, you wouldn’t!” but I feel strongly enough to actually do it.

And maybe if I did, there would be other “tree huggers” who would join me, and we could actually effect a positive outcome.

Any offers? (No “thrill seekers” need apply)

Helen Lang has been the Peninsula News Review garden columnist for more than 25 years.


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