Back in the early 1980's we used to go round pulling out mature specimens simply because people complained about "the mess". Perfectly good, healthy trees!
We would rock up with a front-end loader, chainsaw the canopy and then yank the thing out of the ground - roots and all - and dump it on the back of a truck. I'm talking mature trees with 600mm trunks!
It sounds preposterous now. Vandalism. And to be honest it was. Fortunately we're a bit more enlightened these days and understand that a leafy, shady street is worth putting up with a bit of "mess" (we do, don't we?).
Of course, we don't plant Box any more - a drying climate and increasing water restrictions have made them unsuitable - but where they're still doing well, such as here in Luth Ave, Daglish, they can create a fine streetscape and should be cherished.
|Luth Ave, Jolimont (click to enlarge)|