Hasty to dis­pose of trees

Waipa Post - - News -

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

Te Awa­mutu

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