Insanity…but the sort of thing that Len Brown is likely to bring to Auckland in order to carry on his dream of making the city the most liveable city in the world…whatever that means.
For most of Friday Annabel Honeybun, a gardener contracted by the Palace of Westminster, was cutting back the leaf stalks from the lime trees in New Palace Yard below Big Ben.
For several hours Miss Honeybun climbed a step ladder under the tree and removed the golden coloured leaves, throwing them to the floor.
The leaf-stripping was carried out in full few of members of the public outside the gates guarding the entrance to New Palace Yard, and a few yards from Parliament Square.
The House of Commons employs a gardening service which covers maintenance of more than 145 trees on the Parliamentary estate as well as all grassed areas, planted areas, indoor plants, containers and window boxes.
A spokesman for the House of Commons said: ‚ÄúThe leaves are removed each winter as a more time-efficient alternative to raking fallen leaves.
‚ÄúIt is not possible to separate the cost of removing leaves from the trees in New Palace Yard from the wider cost of the gardening contract.‚ÄĚ
But there was surprise by users on Twitter, the social media network, that time was being spent removing the leaves instead of leaving nature would work its magic naturally.