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Goodness, how about applying a bit of imagination and patience? When you cut down a tree in a healthy forest, the ground explodes with life. Only us short-lived humans suffer, really, missing our shade to walk in. Meanwhile tree and plant seedlings burst up to fill the gap. Insects, birds and animals feast and flourish in the temporary sunlight. Ten years later, the canopy closes and the green shade returns. This is basic, basic forest management!
Next time you're in the shade of a beautiful eucalyptus, look down at the bare floor. How many different plants share that space? Animals? They please our eyes but deprive other creatures of life. They are ornamental trees that arrived without their 'family' of creatures and fungi that keep them in check. We carelessly drag-and-drop different species back and forth across the globe, causing mayhem. Be glad that it's only one or two displaced species you have to reduce to get your beautiful ecosystem back! You could have the horror of acacia or knotweed or floating pennywort or killer shrimp to deal with to save your beautiful spaces.
I've played the Stikman's and Dan Rathbun's music, and many bands that have recorded at Polymorph, regularly during my radio show at London's Resonance FM. There is a world-wide underground that appreciates what's gone on there, and if the locals had any sense, they'd treasure the uniqueness of that the way Portobello Rd and Brick Lane treasure the input from the branches of the world-famous Rough Trade Records. Have a care before you lose it.
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