Recently I was floored by the sight of another eight road trees cut down by the lakes. We can't afford to lose anymore, here. Why does this keep happening? A journalist cleared it up for us. The trees had been suffering for a while, from insufficient space to grow, salt damages and from being hit by cars. So why not protect them from these things, and provide proper living conditions, we asked? Well, the limited budget is spent on watering and protecting young trees the first years, there are simply no funds to protect the rest.
Never mind the fact that trees clean the air, absorb particles and provide a shield from traffic. In a language they should be able to understand, trees represent a huge investment that is flushed out the toilet by lack of maintenance. Not because the good park people don't know how to take care of trees, but because they are limited by political priorities.
The tree group Red Byens Træer (save the city's trees) is growing steadily, awareness is raised and we are becoming more vocal in our concern. It is a relief to know that you are not alone.
Leafless tree on Nørrebro. Street artists are picking up on this too. Good!
Below a similar scenario as the recent lake tree felling, in a different part of town, Nørre Voldgade.
"F" marks the kiss of death, note the non-existing plant hole.
In the back Ørstedsparken, in safe distance (apart from chunk taken out for the new concrete square, ugh!)
Cars cause damage to people in so many ways, but in Copenhagen it is the trees that are cut down, to prevent damage to cars.
As I was kneeling to take this picture, a woman got out of her car. "Look at this," I said with sadness and pointed to the stub below her heavy metal. "Yes," she replied, "I always wondered what these trees are doing here, it is not like you use them for anything." I decided to let her live. It only took everything I had.