Trees: The case against them

Lisa Shearon (Trees are safe, Times, September 9) states that ficus microcarpa fig trees are not dangerous and therefore are suitable planted close to houses, roads services and so forth and quotes opinions and statistics to prove her point.

If indeed these trees are suitable for suburbia then apply to the City of Wanneroo to plant one on your street verge and see what response you get.

As property damage caused by the roots has already happened, is ongoing and visible, plus pedestrians slipping and hurting themselves on the oily fruits covering the footpath and branches falling on the road during storms, those opinions and statistics claiming only a 1-in-500,000 chance of these things ever happening are meaningless.

There are lies, there are damned lies and there are statistics. You can make them read whatever you want but practical demonstration to the contrary will overrule any opinion or statistic.

For the record, it was I who was nearly injured a few years ago when a huge limb sheared off one of those trees right in front of my car.

Luckily, it hung on to the parent branch by a thread or it would have gone through my windscreen.

How I wish I had those 1-in-500,000 odds Lisa speaks of in reverse when I buy a lotto ticket.

May I say Lisa, you and your protest group have had massive amounts of media coverage but those poor people whose homes are being damaged by those trees have had none.

Shame on the press and TV stations for permitting that biased reporting.

This issue should only be between the owner of the trees and those people living opposite affected by them and no one else.

If those trees are to remain they need all branches and foliage removed on the side overhanging the road in an attempt to balance them due to the pronounced northerly lean caused by prevailing winds.

This at least will go some way to make them safe and reduce the chance of vehicle damage or personal injury.

This is my last comment on this subject.