My neighbour hates trees. For the past two weeks her yard has echoed with the whine of chainsaws as the big gum trees and several smaller trees in her yard are sawed off at ground level. The bushy vegetation is being removed with a brush cutter. This morning the saw started up again at 8.30 am. My nerves snapped and I swore so loudly I think she heard me. “Shut the fuck up,” I yelled in a most unladylike fashion.
When I went outside later she called me over to the fence and told me what she is doing. She has recently retired and doesn’t want to keep looking after a garden. She was going to sell her house but then realised that if she spent the amount of money the agent wanted as commission she could make her yard completely maintenance free. She is going to cover the whole area with pebbles. I was completely gobsmacked by this perverse logic I could think of no suitable reply.
She then told me that she has convinced the land owner over the back to cut down the big eucalypts directly behind her property. She is worried they will fall on her house. The destruction is going to occur next weekend.
The brick wall in the photo is the woman’s garage. Her house is some distance away. I really don’t know how she has forced the land owner to cut down the trees. She did say she had to fight him to get him to agree. He wanted to cut down the over hanging branches but she is insisting the trees are totally removed.
I’ve been in grief since I heard. There are many native birds and animals who live in these trees including koalas. The big tree in the photo is so old it must be home to many possums and birds. I hope they somehow get wind of what is about to occur and find safe places to hide before the destruction begins.