Trees in the city centre

LOOK “There’s no cause for alarm. I chopped just one tree. I am doing, no harm. I’m being quite useful” said the Once-ler … “you seem to be chopping as fast as you please” said the Lorax … “I intend to go on doing just what I do!” said the Once-ler … and at that very moment, we heard a loud whack! … The very last – tree in Hamilton central will be gone by the mid-2030s, just as the last fruit tree was in 2018. (more from Dr Seuss here)

After some two century of colonial fruit trees in Hamilton’s centre, in September 2018 the last fruit tree was gone.

 In 2010 in the central area of Hamilton I counted 420 trees that could be called mature (15 years+), and of these about 135 could be called large trees. Now, in 2020, over 38% of those trees have been removed, and what is even sadder is that close to 40% of the large trees are gone.

In Dec 2019 the tree above was removed after storm damage, but looking across Hamilton Central it is not easy to understand why so many trees needed to be removed.

If we look back at the 2014 beautification of Anglesea Street, the removal of the mature Mexican ash trees took all of them; using Google street view from pre-2014 shows root damage to the path on the western side, but looking closely at the eastern side there is no visible footpath damage. Is there carelessness in the justification of tree removal?

“No trees for the future would be dreadful indeed. That’s why I carry my bag of tree seeds” said Truax the logger … “We’ve worked really hard to manage our trees – To keep lots of them growing and free from disease” … “I agreed with the Guardbark that it always is good to save some of the old, historical wood” … in National Preserves … set aside JUST to look nice (Well – critters and plants DO use this land. It just isn’t used by woman or man) … “And perhaps best of all” the Guardbark beamed “I think things ARE NOT quite as bad as they seemed” (more from Terri Birkett on Truax here)

Hamilton Report 1989 page79 (1Ivor Cunningham from Nature in Cities, editor Ian C.Laurie)

The legacy of the last decade – the Municipal pools closed, Euphrasie House demolished, St Paul’s Methodist Church now a car-park, 40% of the mature trees in CBD gone, Farmers Co-op building gone, Founders theatre closed. It might be a good time to start retaining the old to share with future generations.

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One comment on “Trees in the city centre

  1. In what possible world can someone call that change to Anglesea Street Beautification?

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