Enjoy the glory of nature, don’t destroy it
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