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.