Soon after I commenced as Manager Parks and Gardens at the Town of Claremont I attended an in-house workshop where staff were asked what was the single most important thing that made Claremont a great place to live.
If you've been reading this blog for any length of time you'll know what my answer was:
I could tell the workshop facilitator was a little underwhelmed by my lack of imagination so I offered this explanation:
"You're asking what is the single most important thing. I say 'trees' because you can remove any other single element out of the town and it will still be a good place to live but remove all the trees and it will be an appalling place to live. To my mind the answer must therefore be 'trees'."
I could see his eyeballs rolling around in his head as he tried to compute my logic. Personally, I didn't think it was that hard. Thought it was a no-brainer in fact. Clearly not.
Everyone else offered other opinions: heritage houses, public services, proximity to city/coast/river etc etc.
All important things of course, but lose any ONE of them and life would still be pretty good in Claremont.
On the other hand, lose the trees….
See what I mean?
Maybe your eyes are rolling around in your head too?
Oh well, I still say it's a no-brainer.
To this brain anyway.