Hasty to dispose of trees
When I was eight years old my parents brought both my brother and myself a book for Christmas called Tree in the Trail.
It was about a Cottonwood tree planted by a small Indian boy on the Santa Fe Trail.
As the tree grew passers by hung artifacts in the branches for good luck, Indian tribes, Spanish explorers, mountain men and wagon trains.
After many decades the tree slowly died. During its life it had been a companion to birds, animals and man.
Just imagine what that tree could have seen if it had eyes, generations of people and change.
Even as it gracefully stopped growing it was still admired and revered by those that took time to look and appreciate. There is something fascinating about knurled old trees past their prime.
As the seasons of the year pass by it’s wonderful to see trees change, some shed their autumn leaves in radiant colour, some burst into flowers in the spring. I guess the moral of the story is don’t be to hasty disposing of trees when we deem them pass their use-by date.
I appreciate the concerns of the people of Pirongia losing their beloved tulip tree.
VERN WILSON Waipa District Councillor