Friday, October 14, 2011
Tree Conservation Areas, and "Trees' Right To Live" - legal tools we lack in Greater Victoria
From the BBC News Science and Nature Forum:
"The tree's right to live should be recognised and it should be allowed to live until it is proved it cannot do so without a clear and demonstrable, quantifiable, danger."
-- Christopher Mathews, Cheselbourne, Dorset
"... in Frinton we have managed to prevent this rape of the environment by imposing a large tree conservation area. Would strongly recommend that people get tree conservation orders on all the trees they value. It really works and here regularly prevents developers destroying trees for profit!"
-- David Evans, Frinton-on-Sea, U.K.
Would it work here in Greater Victoria? It's municipal election time, so now is the time to ask would-be councillors what they think of this tool - unless it's the developers they are there to represent? Certainly trees are being hacked down every day all over the region which still have 100 years of life left in them. For some people they are in the way, for others they are "trees which they value." Many people feel in a constant state of mourning for old friends removed one after another to make way for building or clearing. Which group do local Councils represent?