Friday, 27 March 2015

Space and light


The lower end of Victoria Road in Saltaire, beside the shops, seems significantly lighter and more spacious without the huge horse chestnut trees. Many people are still mourning (and angry about) the felling of the mature trees. It seems that the most vociferous are not necessarily those whose daily lives were impacted by the dense dark canopy, the damaging roots, the dripping sap or the fallen leaves... The work is still in progress. The pavements have yet to be reinstated, there is talk of replacing the streetlights with something more in keeping with the historic area and I gather they will plant a few smaller trees that won't take over quite so much.  I liked the trees but I think I like it just as much without them, it's just different.

4 comments:

  1. The picture speaks many things. It looks very beautiful!

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  2. Do you have a before shot? It is always sad to hear that trees have to be felled but in this case it sounds necessary. It will be good if they can be replaced with less invasive trees.

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  3. I love trees too, but sometimes for the common good they have to be removed. We lost a tree in our back yard last year ( much smaller scale than here) I missedcthe tree, but the sunsets have been inspiring.

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  4. It looks pretty good this way. You have a very sensible attitude about the removal of the trees.

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