Last year a large scale tree planting was attempted around Sandyford's streets to add to existing trees and place some where none have been seen for a while. Unfortunately, many never 'struck' and quickly faded away, despite some help from me.
I heard a racket last week; a harsh, grasping, note breaking the silence. The next day I saw a team of two Council employees with a pick up towing a chipping machine. The dead saplings were being removed by chain saw. I suppose we won't be seeing any replacements for a while in this era of cuts.
We'll just have to look after the remaining trees.