Tree Dilemma in Melville

WITH the unprecedented hot weather, and continued heating of our planet, there has been much in the press recently about the greening of urban landscapes and how this can assist in reducing the temperatures in our suburbs by as much as 10C.

The front-page article of March 8 is interesting in describing a real dilemma (Going out on a limb) in the concern of a resident who complains that a tree is causing damage and serious concern and council refuses to act to resolve the problem.

Too often do we see that trees are cut down without good cause and that people find various excuses to cut trees for very personal and selfish reasons, not considering the broader benefit.

Moreover, we rarely see the authorities acting in the interests of the public by taking action to preserve these trees.

The recent events of old, mature trees on the parking areas at Melville Plaza and Bunnings in Myaree come to mind.

Clearly, Donna Cox is experiencing a real dilemma with a tree that seems unsuitable for where it is planted.

Perhaps there are solutions other than having to remove the majestic tree. Perhaps a garden wall could be replaced with fencing, which would serve her security needs while respecting the tree.

Alternatively, perhaps the tree could be pruned and managed to avoid more concern and damage.

It is always most regrettable to remove a majestic, mature tree and too often the reasons for doing so are spurious.

LOUIS DE VILLIERS, Ardross.