The Maitland Mercury has been following the plight of the beautiful trees in front of the town’s courthouse. At least a year ago the paper first wrote about how stressed the trees were looking.
So I went to have a look. One of them has to be a two-and-a-half-hug tree. (The Woodland Trust in the UK has a lovely page here on measuring trees in this wonderfully unscientific way – perfect for the person who doesn’t carry a diameter tape in their back pocket.)
Plane trees can live for hundreds of years so what a tragedy. Ever the optimist, I haven’t lost hope for these trees.
And is it true that Councillors will have a CONFIDENTIAL briefing about the Newcastle region Art Gallery redevelopment? Heard this today; can’t find it quickly on NCC’s irritating web page; let me know if you know anything about it.
Wouldn’t you expect the councillors to say this should be in public?
I look forward to being wrong.