The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 15, 1966 — The young Asian house­wife stood in the shed of a sturdy sy­ringa tree — one of the few re­main­ing in Fort Street. “Only this left”, she said as she looked for­lornly into its cool fo­liage. “And this one I do not think they can take it away. Ev­ery­one around here is cry­ing. The place is now so hot and ugly”. This woman is one of sev­eral peo­ple who have been up­set by the City Coun­cil de­ci­sion to take out ev­ery street tree in Fort Street be­tween 15th and 11th av­enues. The de­ci­sion has been made to widen the street and give cy­clists more room at peak traf­fic hours.

Labour gangs are al­ready at work hack­ing down trees, and sev­eral score more of each kind will be felled be­fore the tar­get of 115 trees is reached. The chair­man of the Coun­cil’s Tree Plant­ing Com­mit­tee, Clr Jack Pain, said yes­ter­day that, apart from this spe­cial stretch of Fort Street, the only trees for the chop are the de­crepit and un­sightly silky oaks. “

The Fort Street stretch is to be left tree­less, said Clr Pain, but “all other trees we can take out will be re­placed by jacaranda, flam­boy­ants or some other flow­er­ing tree. It is not coun­cil’s pol­icy to lessen the ‘gar­den city’ ap­pear­ance of Bu­l­awayo”, he added.

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