An email about tree funerals

A reader emails about the tree funeral I blogged about yesterday:

Hi Cam ….

Many years ago, I lived for three years on the West Coast. I have never been able to understand the precious attitude to selective felling of native trees in the area as the re-forestation rate is way, way beyond replacement requirements. In fact, some selective felling would be the equivalent of a good pruning….   and provide a good income !

To mourn one kahikatea tree is  “obsessive behaviour” and would indicate that those involved don’t have balance in their lives !!! 

There are thousands of kahikatea , rimu and beech in the West coast forests, with probably millions of seedlings springing up hoping for a chance to grow up big and tall.

In my own 1 1/2 acre garden, I have kahikatea, totara and nikau coming up like hairs on a cat’s back and regularly have to pull them out…I could be in trouble !!

Keep up the good work :-)


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