One would have expected that by now the human species might have learned to live alongside and appreciate nature, not only for its beauty but for its positive role on our planet. Atrocities against nature in the name of progress are commonplace. Will we ever progress from where we are, or are we forever doomed to remain apprentice caretakers in this ever-changing world of ours?
I recently photographed this tree at the Bolton Abbey Estate in North Yorkshire. There may be a valid reason why its branches have been removed, but if the voice of the tree could be heard, it might have much to say.
The Voice of the Tree
My trunk, my support rod has stood here strong and proud for longer than I care to remember. It carried the elixir of life, minerals, water and a sweetness known as Sap. My internal energy has channelled these nutrients up and down my shaft, along my branches from the leaves to the roots and from the roots to the leaves.
I wept the day they clipped my wings and left me here to suffer. My once proud and strong branches that swayed in the wind and provided shelter for those in need, have been brutally severed and are no more. No longer can my roots be nourished and my trunk be gently moistened, I am saddened that I no longer grow.
This week my neighbours from the farm behind ours began, without warning, to remove the hedgerow including trees from the borders of the adjoining farm track.
Hedgerows and the trees and bushes that grow within, are massively important for wildlife. They are a valuable habitat, providing food and shelter for many species. Small mammals such as dormouse, voles, harvest mouse and hedgehogs nest and feed in the hedgerows. They are also used as safe commuter routes and for foraging and roosting. Woodland and farmland birds can also be found nesting here.
It’s springtime, a time for creating new life and much of that new life would have been found in this hedgrow next to my home. I feel a need to weep for the wildlife and for the unnecessary loss of their home.
Is the hedgerow being removed in the name of progress? Not a progress I would recognise. Greed, disregard for others and self preservation? YES, but that’s another story.
More information about providing nature with a home can be found here