I work on an industrial estate. It’s a pretty functional space with ample parking for 8 medium sized enterprises, lots of bricks, concrete and paving. One thing I like about it is the overgrown boarders between the businesses. There are Hazel Trees, Maple’s, Silver Birch, Elder as well as blackberry brambles and numerous bird’s nests and squirrels.
Why then, when I get to work this morning, do I find some contractors ripping up all the trees opposite our building, revealing a corrugated iron warehouse wall. Destroying the habitat of countless creatures and removing elder berry trees, blackberry brambles and hazel nuts.
In the coming depression I had plans for those nuts and berries, not to mention the possible syrup from the Maple’s and Birch’s. Hell I even had plans for the f***ing squirrels if times got tough enough.
I asked the contractors why they were doing what they were doing, and the reason was, believe it or not, that someone had complained to the council that the tree’s obscured their view.
Their view of what FFS, boring square buildings, car parks and concrete? Despair, despair.