Mystery tree feller
Every now and again we hear chopping sounds, and our dogs bark. A couple of years ago there used to be security guards across the road from us, near the railway line, and in winter they would chop up fallen branches to make a fire on cold nights.
But they haven’t been there for some time now, and the chopping sounds have come at all times of the year and all times of the day, and not just dead branches, but whole trees began to disappear. It’s one thing to chop dead branches on a cold winter night, quite another to chop living trees on a warm spring morning. So when I heard chopping this morning, I went out and took a couple of photos. Thereafter the chopping stopped.
But I wonder who is chopping down the syringa trees and why. They’ve just been blooming and looked quite nice. Is syringa wood reputed to have unusual properties, like rhino horn?
I’m sure if the railways people were having a purge of exotic vegetation, they would send a whole team of people in with chain saws and do it all in one fell swoop — our very own Kilner Park chainsaw massacre.
Are syringas exotic?
I just looked them up on Wikipedia, and just discovered that they are the same as lilacs, which I’ve read about. Perhaps they are exotic, but they replenish the oxygen just like other trees. And the mystery feller isn’t replacing them with indigenous trees.