Gianna at She Sells Sanctuary provides a good example of eco-vandalism with her posting on arsonists, the law and bushfires. But there is a more subtle kind that is visible in Adelaide's parklands and street trees and the reserves at Victor Harbor----the destruction of trees that have been newly planted. It is systematic form of vandalism and persistent mostly by kids--or so people say. The West Australian flowering gums that we planted in the road curb outside our place and in the opposite side of the road in the reserve keep being broken and snapped. They were planted to bring colour into a dry high summer landscape.
But adults are deeply into the practice too, especially if the trees get in the way of their sea views. This is what we see all the time around and about our holiday house at Victor Harbor.
There is little logic to it. People at Victor Harbor will buy a property or house near a reserve or a creek bed that is tree lined and full of bird life. After moving in the start attacking the trees to get their sea views. Why not buy a property up the hill and above the tree line? I have no idea.
Others, like our next door neighbour, buy into property with lots of native trees----eucalypts and acacias----around it and then start complaining about the gum trees. They have an image of a holiday house in Italy and detest the gum trees ---everything is gum trees-- and loathe the bird life because of the noise. Any of the branches that drop from the gum trees--the trees bound our property and theres but are in their property---are deposited on our property. The reasoning? I guess these Europhiles reckon that the branches and twigs have fallen from that part of the tree that grows over our property line and to their property. So they are returning the rubbish to the appropriate property owner.
Others around the reserve hate the gum trees because of the litter they make ----they have to sweep their paths and clean their gutters. Gum trees are dirty and filthy. Others want to plant exotics that need lots of water or palm trees. They seem think they are living in Queensland.
There is a proper little war going on between those who want to re regreen the landscape stripped bare by the dairy farmers (who also hated gum trees and aborigines) in the name of progress and those who detest the native Australian landscape.
See how nature is coded with culture?