Ode to the elms
Re: Mary-Rose MacColl's column (Upfront, Aug 9-10), I disagree with her comments maligning the Chinese elm tree. We bought our worker's cottage 21 years ago in a quiet, leafy pocket close to the river and city, and teeming with birds and native animals. When we moved in, the neglected back garden had mature shade trees including a few elms. Most of the other trees have succumbed to wind and age but the elms still provide shade and shelter for the birds and possums.
Ros Baker, Hawthorne