11 October 2011

I Had A Tree

I had a tree.

It was one of the reasons we bought this house.

It shaded the hammock.

In Spring it shed all its bark;

Enough to carpet the entire yard.

And rainbow lorikeets came to ravage its flowers.

The rest of the year it just dropped leaves.

It was a good tree.

But the neighbours built a house.

And said the tree was dangerous.

And broke their concrete.

I had a tree.


  1. noooo - I love big gums. Bad neighbours!
    Do you know any wood turners to make you some momentos? I have at least 3 in my family - but we're all too far away from you.

    Are you planning on replacing it with something else lorikeet attracting (with lesser height an root system perhaps do the neighbours can't complain again.

    Did the neighbours build after the tree was already there and well established?
    (this is my personal bug bear - Australia should have suburb laws that go -if it was there before you were, suck it up. You knew what you were getting yourself into.)

    So far I've seen this affect small farms, people with pet chickens, DPI cattle facility, vet schools - not mine yet but it'll happen too.

  2. I kept a chunk for posterity (and I have a ton of sweet-smelling sawdust). I've planted another grevillea and four Christmas Bushes. They won't grow nearly as tall, but they're bird-friendly.

    Both the tree and the neighbours pre-date me being here, but I'd say the house has been there five or so years and the tree much longer. They actually constructed their side-path over the root bole with a noticeable upward swing, so it's obvious which came first.

    I could have just told them "tough" and seen whether they sued me for any damage, but apparently the tree is a variety which likes to randomly "let go" of its branches and the tenants of the house have small kids. Terribly unlikely to be an accident, but I'm not keen on even the possibility of squishing small kids. (Not that this has prevented me from quality hammock time.)

    It's so weird to have it gone. It seriously dominated the yard.

  3. As much as I love trees, your neighbours were right. There was a big ghost gum two doors down from where we used to live in Melbourne. One day, on a still morning, the tree decided to shed one of its branches. It completely totalled a 4WD that had been parked underneath it in the driveway. Forget children, it could have taken out a couple of ADULTS!

    Trees like this are too dangerous and very flammable. They're beautiful, I know, I've always loved them, especially at dusk when they seem to glow, but it's just not worth the risk.

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  4. Yeah - the idea of falling branches meant I started feeling stressed whenever there was a strong wind. Not fun.

    My blog is very contrary. I spent all this time resetting widgets and clearing templates and whatnot to try and fix the post issue and it made no visible difference. I swear Google has done it deliberately to force people to use Chrome.

  5. Poor tree! So sad when big established trees like this get in the way of so-called progress. Maybe you could get a baby version of this tree and plant it somewhere wild, to make up for it's loss. :)

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