En­joy the glory of na­ture, don’t de­stroy it

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - GREEN SPACES - with teen green James Cal­li­cott

IN my last ar­ti­cle I wrote about trees and gar­dens, how mag­netic and won­der­ful they are, even sug­gest­ing that there is one for ev­ery gar­den and to­day I would like to con­tinue along that topic…. be it in a slightly sad­der way.

I work for a lo­cal author­ity do­ing all man­ner of things from cut­ting grass and main­tain­ing for­mal public gar­dens to look­ing af­ter play­ground equip­ment and lay­ing paths, it’s an ex­cit­ing place to work and there is al­ways some­thing in­ter­est­ing go­ing on. The lads are a great bunch and I know that ev­ery­one takes pride in the work they do.

Last week I was walk­ing down a road not too far from where I work and dis­cov­ered that 11 of the 12 trees we had planted along the verge had been dam­aged, some snapped at 3 ft above ground level some much lower. I was in­stantly struck with a deep sense of sad­ness and frus­tra­tion, in my view dam­ag­ing trees is in­cred­i­bly short-sighted and I can­not see what it achieves but I was more up­set for the guys who had spent hours bat­tling against the rock hard soil to plant those trees.

Now it would be easy to as­sume that some teenagers with noth­ing bet­ter to do dam­aged them, but it is not un­heard of for one sin­gle home owner to come and re­move trees from a verge be­cause ‘they don’t like them’ although the other 50 res­i­dents do. Some of the plants will come back and keep grow­ing, oth­ers will need to be re­placed but what­ever hap­pens I know the guys will turn up in the van mildly an­noyed and frus­trated that they are hav­ing to re­peat a job that they have al­ready done once, and done very well.

That is a lit­tle bit of a rant but what I am try­ing to say is that be­hind ev­ery hang­ing bas­ket, pot or flower bed that you walk past is a group of peo­ple who care about them and work very hard to make sure that they put on a fine dis­play for you to en­joy.

Yes, things may go wrong and we may oc­ca­sion­ally for­get to wa­ter a hang­ing bas­ket or re­move ev­ery sin­gle weed from a bed­ding dis­play but those who care for the plants re­ally do care…

I am not just talk­ing about those who look af­ter public spa­ces but about ev­ery pri­vately owned hang­ing bas­ket or planted tub that you walk past on your way to the shops. Be­hind ev­ery shrub or bed­ding an­nual is a story and so next time you marvel at an­other gift from na­ture spare a thought for the per­son plated and cares for it. James Cal­li­cott is our youngest gar­den­ing con­trib­u­tor. Living in Amer­sham, James be­came the youngest per­son to be in­vited to

de­sign a gar­den for the world fa­mous Hamp­ton Court Flower

Show at the age of 15

Spare a thought not just for the tree but the per­son who planted it

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