The other day I was sent an email from Ola Barreto-Morley, the email touched my heart and I am sharing it with you now to give you the opportunity to help save these trees.
This also highlights the problem with the planning system, with regards mature trees and their thoughtless destruction for development.
Our Urban Forests MUST have recognition and the protection they deserve.
Here is Ola’s message to us all:
Our trees – our future and the birds within!
The trees in the property behind
Beautiful the sounds of the birds within
For all to hear, even the blind
Just listen and spellbound you will be.
Trees their colour, wind whispers and shade
All these we get for free, not a penny we give
And yet harsh can we be with our greed.
The bird song will be no more.
At the thought of reward and houses for cash
The trees are soon forgotten and crushed
With our haste to gain we will be most harsh
Save our trees and stop the building rush
It won’t be long when the trees will be gone
Replaced with houses of stone, tiles and slate
And sounds none will appreciate when all is done.
Oh please don’t wait till it is too late.
The trees are ours to protect
They add to the beauty that we see
The colour, the sounds and the life that we have
Is someway entangled in all trees we see
Its time to react and save the trees
Not just for me to hear and see
But all to enjoy and from time to be
Oh please don’t wait, save these trees!
Please help me save these trees and the birds within!
This is Ola’s original email to me:
I attach the sounds of the trees in the property close to my house. This is the wonderful music I get each morning, courtsey of the birds. At present a developer is applying for permission to build on this property and will remove most of the trees, thereby destroying the natural habitats we strive to preserve.
I am hopeful that you will appreciate these sounds and would take some time to write to the council to object to the planning permission on the grounds of saving our trees/woodlands and forests.
Here is the full details of the planning application that will destroy these beautiful, mature trees:
Planning permission number: 11/00682/full SLE
A decision will be made on 20th July 2011.
You can download this letter that Ola has created to make it easy for you to object: