We moved house a lot when I was young – six addresses in 16 years – my dad eager to capitalise on growth opportunities in the Brisbane property market. Mum and I couldn’t have cared less. We were homebodies, and nothing has changed. But more than the bricks and mortar, or the timber and tiles, were the trees – magnificent sprawling poincianas, jacarandas with their mauve carpet, mango trees heavy with ripe fruit. The back yards of my childhood were lush havens where I’d escape the heat, find peace within a book or lie on the grass and daydream. These days, green space is harder to find as bigger homes swallow smaller blocks. This weekend, ahead of Queensland Arbor Day, Matthew Condon tells of his family’s heartache at the removal of a much-loved tree, deemed a pest by Queensland’s Department of Agriculture.
Kylie Lang on Sunday, tomorrow in The Sunday Mail