National Trust to plant blossom trees in cities
26/02/2021 | news | science | 596
The National Trust is planning to plant dozens of blossoming trees to create new green spaces.
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26/02/2021 10:21:29 47 5
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good idea
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26/02/2021 11:12:56 19 2
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Strange that it takes the National Trust to do this.

Trees in urban places are generally planted by councils or property developers - they should take notice.
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26/02/2021 15:05:10 1 0
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As long as they clearly state it's for human aesthetic reasons, it's all good.

If they try to claim environmental benefit, which is what I think they're implying with this 'good deed', then they are sadly mistaken for reasons I am not going to go into because it's a complicated subject that doesn't lend itself to easy explanation within 400 characters.
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26/02/2021 10:22:54 150 8
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Great idea, more of the same please.
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26/02/2021 10:51:52 118 59
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Planting immature trees in cities doesn’t compensate for the thousands of mature trees and the accompanying ecosystems that are being destroyed by development e.g. HS2
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26/02/2021 11:22:31 8 0
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Lovely idea and great to see some positive news. It won't solve all of nature's problems but it is a positive thing to do and hopefully the more nature that people can see and appreciate, the more they will value it and want to protect it. Well done for this NT
2 great news. We are planting even more trees . Shamima won't be seeing them. Great Britain is truly G R E A T.
Thanks BBC for this does of optimism this morning
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26/02/2021 10:26:24 14 3
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Absolutely - today is a great day. Feels like spring has sprung too.
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26/02/2021 10:23:56 15 21
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When I see how many leaflets the National Trust use at their attractions, and i think of how many trees were killed in the process, I think they owe much more than "a few dozen trees".
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26/02/2021 10:26:40 14 6
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You could plant some trees? What do you do to help the net zero carbon initiative?
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26/02/2021 10:38:35 2 4
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Left the National Trust this year. Magazines full of advertising. It is sent in an envelope made of potato starch though.??????.
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26/02/2021 10:42:41 3 3
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And that's the "attractions" they don't manage to burn down or rip up the heritage!!
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CPJ
26/02/2021 10:24:35 113 8
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excellent idea only wish it could be more widespread
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26/02/2021 11:05:59 61 2
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Agreed. Would be nice if they could plant some in Manchester City centre. It's about time that Piccadilly Gardens was actually turned back to something resembling a garden rather than the concrete monstrosity we've had to put up with for 20 yrs.
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26/02/2021 11:12:20 5 0
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Strange that it takes the National Trust to do this.

Trees in urban places are generally planted by councils or property developers - they should take notice.
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26/02/2021 10:24:59 3 39
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Can't waste money fast enough.
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26/02/2021 10:25:27 7 33
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Not very inclusive for those with hayfever...
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26/02/2021 10:41:22 3 1
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Antihistamines are not expensive, I find they work well in getting rid of my hayfever.
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ww
26/02/2021 10:44:12 0 2
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Absolutely right. Those against this comment obviously don't get bad hayfever / asthma attacks. At least some of these trees should definitely be non-smelly so we sufferers can cope...
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26/02/2021 12:29:15 0 0
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It's pollen spread by the wind that's the main problem - those pollinated by insects cause fewer problems.
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26/02/2021 10:25:47 46 15
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More trees is never a bad thing.

From your Muslim neighbour down the road.
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26/02/2021 10:38:37 59 13
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Am wondering what religion has to do with planting trees?
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sja
26/02/2021 11:31:20 16 1
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In fact more trees are a good thing. From a white man. Oops, race and gender specific. Sorry
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26/02/2021 12:48:28 2 0
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I'm a pagan & I agree with you. Isn't interfaith respect a wonderful thing? Let's celebrate our similarities & join together in projects that we can all believe in & benefit from.
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26/02/2021 10:26:04 121 27
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And yet Sadiq Khan want's to cut down dozens of trees in Holland Park in London to make way for a cycle lane.
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26/02/2021 10:35:08 109 19
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Can we swap Khan for some more trees do you think?
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26/02/2021 10:59:13 20 2
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It’s not all about London boyo..there exists life outside of the polluted bubble of the North Circular
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26/02/2021 11:05:04 17 5
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And yet RBKC cllrs rip out a cycle lane costing £100k in order for people to block up Kensington High Street with their Chelsea tractors.
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26/02/2021 11:50:09 8 3
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We’re in the process of losing a line of twenty large established trees for a cycle lane in south Manchester. I really don’t get how it’s environmentally friendly to lose all these beautiful trees for a cycle lane on a random stretch of road between nowhere and nothing in particular. Something seems suspect.
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26/02/2021 12:23:41 7 1
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Khan's election manifesto promised the planting a million trees in London - that promise quickly disappeared once he was elected.
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26/02/2021 12:39:22 1 0
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I mean, presumably Sadiq Khan has given the green light to this tree planting idea too...
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26/02/2021 16:04:01 0 2
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Why do I get the feeling that if it was Boris that was cutting down the trees as mayor you would be doing a 180 and rallying against "eco hippies that want to stop progress".
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26/02/2021 18:03:28 0 0
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Yes unfortunate some trees have to be cut down, but in addition he wants to do something about the endless queues of unnecessarily oversized private use vehicles covering virtually every inch of road and pavement in the London boroughs, polluting the environment and damaging peoples lungs. The ones I assume you're quite happy with. So Yunno on balance...
2 great news. We are planting even more trees . Shamima won't be seeing them. Great Britain is truly G R E A T.
Thanks BBC for this does of optimism this morning
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26/02/2021 10:26:24 14 3
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Absolutely - today is a great day. Feels like spring has sprung too.
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26/02/2021 10:39:43 1 1
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Yep, saw first blossoms yesterday.
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26/02/2021 10:23:56 15 21
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When I see how many leaflets the National Trust use at their attractions, and i think of how many trees were killed in the process, I think they owe much more than "a few dozen trees".
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26/02/2021 10:26:40 14 6
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You could plant some trees? What do you do to help the net zero carbon initiative?
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26/02/2021 10:32:30 3 5
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I have done - and more than the National Trust has by the sound of it.
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26/02/2021 10:27:03 76 9
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Good idea but I don't think it should be the National Trust's job.
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26/02/2021 10:49:14 8 35
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Who would you say should take on the burden? Surely not the government during a pandemic and the recovery of a pandemic?
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26/02/2021 11:04:19 9 5
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It's not, the National Trust have decided to veer from their remit and start a lot of political virtue signalling.

Local councils should have done this but they think it's job done after making a few roundabouts look pretty.
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26/02/2021 11:13:15 4 0
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Strange that it takes the National Trust to do this.

Trees in urban places are generally planted by councils or property developers - they should take notice.
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26/02/2021 11:26:27 4 1
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I agree. We are members but are also members of the Woodland Trust - their remit I would think. The National Trust is maybe trying to woo its members back and failing miserably. We haven't decided yet whether to renew.
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26/02/2021 12:30:16 1 0
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We can all help . I have planted trees for each of my kids , and a Willow purchased from Woolworths for £1.99 is now as tall as my house .
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26/02/2021 10:27:33 96 6
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I love the idea of lots of blossom about the place and welcome this, but I would add an appeal for more colourful foliage, which tends to last much longer than blossom. Could I plea for acers to be planted on roundabouts and open spaces - they are so varied in colour and last well into the Autumn.
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26/02/2021 11:14:07 13 2
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Japanese acers are quite delicate, they grow best in open woodland situations, They are susceptible to late frost and leaf desiccation in the summer, so generally fare best in a sheltered spot.
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26/02/2021 11:22:22 2 3
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Yes.. I live near Gosport.. Plenty of cherry tree blossom here but
Just for one week, after that it's gone.
Other issues would be monoculture
Mess! Blossom is all on the ground in a week
Colour and variety is need year long.
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LH
26/02/2021 23:19:44 0 0
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I'm not sure hay fever sufferers agree!
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Pip
27/02/2021 12:10:09 0 0
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I certainly agree with doing something with our roundabouts, most are just a plain eyesore at the moment.............?
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26/02/2021 10:28:55 6 26
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Tree blossom is messy for far longer than it is beautiful!
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26/02/2021 10:32:43 19 4
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Yes, how vile to see flower petals lying around. I like to chuck a few chocolate wrappers on top and then go and spray a bit of graffiti
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26/02/2021 10:37:13 7 2
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You should stay indoors.
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26/02/2021 10:29:09 27 18
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Nice idea but how long before the trees are vandalised by those intent on trashing their neighbourhood?
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26/02/2021 10:34:38 21 9
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You're being down voted but from what I see of the rundown state of UK cities you are spot on. I travel a lot and of the so called major industrialised nations the UK is by far the dirtiest. Just one example - I have never seen a country where the main streets in towns have as much dog poo on the pavements. You're unfortunately a very dirty people.
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26/02/2021 10:35:01 3 2
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I don't know, what's the rate of extreme tree vandalism in the UK? Doubt anythings changed in the past few months.
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26/02/2021 10:47:18 4 1
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They should introduce new littering laws with hefty fines and inforce it properly like how they target the motorist . Sales of gums should be banned too.
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Bob
26/02/2021 10:29:18 15 7
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Dozen of trees. Time to jump back in the Chelsea tractor, they've solved the crisis!
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26/02/2021 10:30:07 35 11
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Can’t argue with more trees

Just a shame Drax uses cut down trees as fuel and then claims Carbon Tax credits on basis trees will grow back

Just pointing out another govt policy inconsistency

More trees everywhere please
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26/02/2021 10:41:17 25 9
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Yes, let's object to power companies using renewable sources rather than fossil fuels. Doh!
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26/02/2021 11:59:36 3 0
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No different from coal just a few thousand years earlier.
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27/02/2021 17:33:08 1 0
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About 30 yrs ago, a friend in the 'wood' business had a figure to make us think. Then, every day, a year's worth of tree growth was cut down.
I don't know whether we are cutting down more or less than then, but in January, 2020, the WWF said "In 2019, the tropics lost close to 30 soccer fields' worth of trees every single minute."
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26/02/2021 10:31:06 176 11
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Great idea, but they need to be protected from developers and councils who decide to cut them down in 20 years or so time.
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26/02/2021 10:38:12 51 5
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Just what I was thinking
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26/02/2021 10:52:53 19 0
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So the National Trust will do one thing and local councils do another.

And how many times have we seen councils chop down whole avenues of healthy trees when all they needed was a couple of branches trimmed?

Anyone else would be dragged to court and fined. All they do is give a glib apology and blame it on miscommunication.
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26/02/2021 10:53:37 10 0
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Whatever happened to all those trees planted in the “plant a tree in 73” campaign when I was still at school?
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26/02/2021 11:13:17 7 0
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Same as the carbon off-setting scam .....it all well and good thinking trees will be planted to assuage "guilt"...but where is the guarantee they will be allowed to grow to full maturity and beyond to get any actual benefits??
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26/02/2021 11:45:07 2 0
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Councils are sometimes forced to cut down mature trees for many reasons but mainly because no thought was given to the impact some of these trees when planted as saplings would have when they reached maturity, wrong species in the wrong location usually Sycamores which do not pollard successfully.Developers are a different matter altogether.
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26/02/2021 12:20:23 3 1
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Make developers plant at least one in each garden .
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26/02/2021 12:22:34 3 0
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Best bet is after the trees are all planted, you then apply for a protection order.
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26/02/2021 12:33:04 2 1
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I think every new development should have at least one tree planted in each garden plus another tree per dwelling in communal areas like car parks.
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JGC
26/02/2021 13:31:35 2 0
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Agreed. I still leave near the Primary school that I went to. It was sad to see one of the mature Horse Chestnut trees I remember cut down. Not because it was old or dangerous but because the school now considered that the falling conkers were a safety hazard.
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26/02/2021 14:03:29 0 0
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20 years? Don't be so optimistic!
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26/02/2021 15:02:16 1 0
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I kid you not, Birmingham city council is chopping trees down in Sutton Park to extend the car park and make more room for the commonwealth games triathlon which will last 1 day.
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It does seem as though Councils are some of the worst culprits for cutting trees down...........?
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26/02/2021 10:33:58 4 5
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Quite so.

I mean, "dozens" of trees...? Well whoop-di-do. I'm planting dozens of fruit trees myself these next couple of weeks, but I doubt this news will hit the BBC's front pages.
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26/02/2021 10:36:35 0 1
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Inane, unless you're a bee.
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26/02/2021 10:38:15 0 1
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Those examples are also inane.
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Tree blossom is messy for far longer than it is beautiful!
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26/02/2021 10:32:43 19 4
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Yes, how vile to see flower petals lying around. I like to chuck a few chocolate wrappers on top and then go and spray a bit of graffiti
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26/02/2021 10:35:02 0 5
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I expect you do!
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26/02/2021 10:33:48 1 8
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Prof. Hugh Montgomery suggested that, should there be “mass unemployment” following the implementation of his vision of a Green Future, the cannon-fodder plebs can be given state-funded (non) jobs tree-planting. The future is here!
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Quite so.

I mean, "dozens" of trees...? Well whoop-di-do. I'm planting dozens of fruit trees myself these next couple of weeks, but I doubt this news will hit the BBC's front pages.
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26/02/2021 10:37:30 2 2
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You could always tell the BBC if you're planting some trees and want to encourage others. It's the sort of light hearted story that would be covered on BBC Breakfast after all.

Easier to moan behind a handle on HYS though, isn't it?
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26/02/2021 10:34:01 7 10
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Couldn’t they put in a grove of magic money trees that we could all benefit from, Boris & Rishi have the seeds.
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26/02/2021 10:34:36 3 3
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Is this new?
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26/02/2021 10:29:09 27 18
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Nice idea but how long before the trees are vandalised by those intent on trashing their neighbourhood?
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26/02/2021 10:34:38 21 9
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You're being down voted but from what I see of the rundown state of UK cities you are spot on. I travel a lot and of the so called major industrialised nations the UK is by far the dirtiest. Just one example - I have never seen a country where the main streets in towns have as much dog poo on the pavements. You're unfortunately a very dirty people.
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GH
26/02/2021 10:50:44 5 1
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You’ve clearly never visited Paris or Amsterdam or Brussels.
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26/02/2021 10:53:29 3 0
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Don't class us all the same thank you. I don't own a dog and I probably haven't messed in the street (if ever) since I was 3 months old. It would be interesting to know where you are from.
Sadly true. One of the few advantages of lockdowns is a cycle of putting garbage on our streets has been broken.
1. Go to pub and get intoxicated.
2. Vomit on street.
3. Buy a takeaway, throw packaging on street.
4. Vomit on street again.
5. Urinate and defecate on street.
6. Leave soiled underwear on street.

And as for the men....
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26/02/2021 11:09:01 4 0
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I think Paris is the worst offender in that score that I have seen.
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26/02/2021 11:19:34 3 0
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For dog-poo visit parts of France.
For general discarded waste visit Sicily and the south of Italy
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26/02/2021 10:34:42 4 6
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I suppose it's a very good initiative for most cities, but no need in south's premier city (Southampton), because it's full of parks.
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26/02/2021 10:34:51 5 12
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That's nice, how much to look at them please....?
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26/02/2021 10:29:09 27 18
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Nice idea but how long before the trees are vandalised by those intent on trashing their neighbourhood?
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26/02/2021 10:35:01 3 2
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I don't know, what's the rate of extreme tree vandalism in the UK? Doubt anythings changed in the past few months.
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26/02/2021 10:32:43 19 4
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Yes, how vile to see flower petals lying around. I like to chuck a few chocolate wrappers on top and then go and spray a bit of graffiti
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26/02/2021 10:35:02 0 5
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I expect you do!
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26/02/2021 10:26:04 121 27
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And yet Sadiq Khan want's to cut down dozens of trees in Holland Park in London to make way for a cycle lane.
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Can we swap Khan for some more trees do you think?
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26/02/2021 10:56:09 6 6
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This May you have an opportunity to replace him with Ceanothus arboreus 'Trewithen Blue' Tree.
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26/02/2021 10:56:52 17 4
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One plank for another?
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26/02/2021 11:30:41 12 2
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Swap him? who would want him
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26/02/2021 12:12:06 1 0
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They'd moan and do nothing a lot less
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26/02/2021 13:36:58 2 0
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The trees would be much more useful!
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26/02/2021 10:35:21 40 3
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Love cherry Blossoms, makes walking so much nicer
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26/02/2021 12:10:48 2 22
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When you slip on rotting petals after a few days in flower.
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26/02/2021 10:35:44 83 7
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National Trust to plant blossom trees in cities.. Wonderful idea that the National Trust on behalf of the British Public are planting these trees. Its great for our environment and the development of fora and fauna in or cities, towns and urban area. It will certainly help with song birds, ground nesting birds and various insects. There is nothing more beautiful than blossom scent and bird song.
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Blossom scent brings on my asthma... Can at least some of the trees be non-smelly?
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'There is nothing more beautiful than blossom scent and bird song'.

Quoted for truth!
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26/02/2021 10:58:48 12 6
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The are of zero environmental benefit unless they are native species. No invertebrates will colonise such things as flowering cherries. Just being done to appeal to human aesthetics. NT would be better off fighting the loss of all our woodlands & arable land to greedy developers erecting the jerry built slums of tomorrow
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26/02/2021 11:28:38 4 1
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It isn't there to do things on behalf of the public it is there to do what its members want, although that hasn't been happening for a while.
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26/02/2021 12:00:32 0 2
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Rubbish, good advertising for the lottery concerned.
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26/02/2021 10:35:45 11 11
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Whilst I applaud the efforts to bring a little Flora joy and colour into our cities, The National Trust as a body is renowned for having sterile manicured clipped tided and ecologically void properties up and down the country visit any of the properties and everything is in its place including nature, Maybe you should start looking at your own back garden and making it more ecologically diverse
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And front garden too. Why have councils allowed beautiful walled front gardens to be dug up and replaced by sterile block paved wastelands?
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Why has it taken until 2020 to establish this? I've travelled the world for years and we aways seem to be playing catch up yet claim to be world leading.

Anyway, beutiful flowering Jacaranda trees in Harare spring to mind.
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And in Lusaka, Zambia.
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It's 2021 mate..
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26/02/2021 10:49:20 3 1
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And in Singapore. ; )
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26/02/2021 12:37:03 2 0
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Jacaranda look great, and I loved seeing them in Australia. Unfortunately they don't do very well in the UK climate.
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Inane, unless you're a bee.
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Tree blossom is messy for far longer than it is beautiful!
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You should stay indoors.
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Quite so.

I mean, "dozens" of trees...? Well whoop-di-do. I'm planting dozens of fruit trees myself these next couple of weeks, but I doubt this news will hit the BBC's front pages.
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You could always tell the BBC if you're planting some trees and want to encourage others. It's the sort of light hearted story that would be covered on BBC Breakfast after all.

Easier to moan behind a handle on HYS though, isn't it?
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Great idea, but they need to be protected from developers and councils who decide to cut them down in 20 years or so time.
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26/02/2021 10:38:12 51 5
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Just what I was thinking
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Those examples are also inane.
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26/02/2021 10:38:16 5 15
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Stories like this always make me think of Corbyn's "2 billion trees in 20 years" election pledge.

Do the maths using 50 x 35 hour week (not allowing for strikes of course) and it works out around 16 trees per second. Makes me chuckle every time. No mention of the cost of course.
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26/02/2021 10:49:19 1 3
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Bad move criticising Corbyn. Saw Abbot on tv the other day.
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26/02/2021 10:23:56 15 21
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When I see how many leaflets the National Trust use at their attractions, and i think of how many trees were killed in the process, I think they owe much more than "a few dozen trees".
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26/02/2021 10:38:35 2 4
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Left the National Trust this year. Magazines full of advertising. It is sent in an envelope made of potato starch though.??????.
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Yes it feels as if they are only half thinking of the environment!!!
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26/02/2021 10:25:47 46 15
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More trees is never a bad thing.

From your Muslim neighbour down the road.
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26/02/2021 10:38:37 59 13
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Am wondering what religion has to do with planting trees?
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26/02/2021 10:48:24 25 4
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I think they were trying to make the point that no matter what religion we all want the same things.
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26/02/2021 10:48:56 20 9
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I think mushtaq is merely trying to show solidarity and a sense of belonging to the wider community. Why shouldn't he do that as a Muslim?
Also there is something spiritual about trees in many faiths and indeed for people who have none, so again not really seeing any issue here.
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26/02/2021 12:52:50 0 1
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Perhaps, similar to years ago when they tried to downgrade Christmas so as not to offend Muslims and the Muslim people said, no don't do that, we love Christmas just as much.
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Im wondering what religion has to do with anything in 2021.....
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26/02/2021 10:26:24 14 3
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Absolutely - today is a great day. Feels like spring has sprung too.
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26/02/2021 10:39:43 1 1
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Yep, saw first blossoms yesterday.
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26/02/2021 10:39:45 13 4
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Wonderful news. What a shame so many of our urban streets have been turned into barren featureless, landscapes because of drive conversions and the widespread use of block paving. And all for the sake of the car!
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A wonderful idea!
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Jon
26/02/2021 10:40:28 82 3
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Please empower planners to reject planning applications that flatten existing woodlands in our towns and cities and perpetuate the "grey deserts".
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My 30 minute walk to school
(through rural suburbia market town council estates)
was lined with Cherry/Rowan trees on both sides all the way

The spent wet blossoms were very slippery when it rained,
I think this Health and Safety issue is the reason
they are all gone now
40 years later.
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26/02/2021 12:18:51 3 1
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Property developers cut down all the trees before they put in the planning application in
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Why has it taken until 2020 to establish this? I've travelled the world for years and we aways seem to be playing catch up yet claim to be world leading.

Anyway, beutiful flowering Jacaranda trees in Harare spring to mind.
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26/02/2021 10:40:28 8 3
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And in Lusaka, Zambia.
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26/02/2021 10:49:14 5 1
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Lived out there as a child - some of the colours of the foliage and fauna are truly stunning
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26/02/2021 12:17:07 1 0
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We need native trees suited to climate and ecology. Foreign species may look pretty but don't support the wildlife. A disater for the areas planted with flowering cherry, a limited flowering followed by rotting petals and a non supportive tree canopy.
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26/02/2021 10:30:07 35 11
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Can’t argue with more trees

Just a shame Drax uses cut down trees as fuel and then claims Carbon Tax credits on basis trees will grow back

Just pointing out another govt policy inconsistency

More trees everywhere please
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26/02/2021 10:41:17 25 9
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Yes, let's object to power companies using renewable sources rather than fossil fuels. Doh!
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26/02/2021 10:58:08 6 3
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Not too bad, except for the carbon (and other) emmissions from carting the wood chips across the Atlantic - not taken into account when judging the carbon neutrality of the process.
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26/02/2021 12:31:54 4 0
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Reality is wood pellets usually imported via long sea routes by fossil fuel burning ships. Production involves fossil fuel to cut tree, transport tree, chip wood, compress and shape pelletts, dry pellets, transport to dock. Hardly a massive win for green energy. The UK could never produce enough timber to support the usual needs as well as fuel.
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26/02/2021 10:25:27 7 33
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Not very inclusive for those with hayfever...
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26/02/2021 10:41:22 3 1
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Antihistamines are not expensive, I find they work well in getting rid of my hayfever.
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26/02/2021 10:41:23 54 2
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I wish local councils & organisations were more concerned with nature & ecology. The rush to gobble up land for building instead of using brown-field sites.. or converting all the (now) empty high street shops into housing seems to have been forgotten about.
I love trees & can't abide the drastic hedge trimming & removal that landowners/farmers seem ultra keen on. The UK needs to up its eco game.
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26/02/2021 10:46:49 23 3
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Sent a letter to my local MP asking why we were not turning empty units in to residential dwellings. Reply, I am still waiting.
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26/02/2021 11:07:23 2 1
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You do realise they work under housing targets set by central govt and the govt take them to court if fail to make provision for these numbers in their plans. But keep voting in those who are paid up shills of the developers.
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26/02/2021 10:41:36 3 7
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and Sheffied coucil will come and cut them all down
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26/02/2021 11:40:36 2 0
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Sheffield Council have now seen the error of their ways and have changed their policy.

Incidentally, Sheffield still has the greatest number of trees per person for any city in Europe.
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26/02/2021 10:30:07 7 2
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National Trust ? National treasures, more like.
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26/02/2021 10:32:20 5 4
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More trees are always a good thing, as is a lovely, positive news story.

For those that are interested, you can listen to 'Pink Blossom Snow', my slightly mournful ode to the cherry blossom trees of Leeds' Hyde Park, at
https://matthewfrederick.bandcamp.com/track/pink-blossom-snow-2

Coincidentally, I'm also the frontman of the band Climbing Trees! https://ilikeclimbingtrees.bandcamp.com
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26/02/2021 10:51:19 2 1
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I pedal over every spring to see the cherry blossom outside the Parkinson Building.
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26/02/2021 10:26:40 14 6
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You could plant some trees? What do you do to help the net zero carbon initiative?
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26/02/2021 10:32:30 3 5
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I have done - and more than the National Trust has by the sound of it.
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26/02/2021 10:33:11 40 8
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"33 trees will be planted in London"

Big deal and 10,000 flats will be built as the other side of the equation !
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26/02/2021 10:44:32 21 17
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Then we will open a coal mine in Cumbria.
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26/02/2021 10:47:20 2 0
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I get your comment, but the idea and inspiration is much much more powerful than 33 trees.
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26/02/2021 10:35:45 11 11
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Whilst I applaud the efforts to bring a little Flora joy and colour into our cities, The National Trust as a body is renowned for having sterile manicured clipped tided and ecologically void properties up and down the country visit any of the properties and everything is in its place including nature, Maybe you should start looking at your own back garden and making it more ecologically diverse
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26/02/2021 10:41:55 7 2
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And front garden too. Why have councils allowed beautiful walled front gardens to be dug up and replaced by sterile block paved wastelands?
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26/02/2021 10:54:27 3 0
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Because until very recently they had no power to stop it.
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26/02/2021 10:42:35 5 4
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No doubt some jobsworth council will come along in the future and cut them down.
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26/02/2021 10:42:49 11 11
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Few people can object to planting more cherry trees in city centres. But is it right for the National Trust to be talking about "holding the [Government's] feet to the fire" or to claim public support a campaign which calls for the spending of more taxpayers' money? Once again, the National Trust is ignoring its Charter and failing to consult its members before adopting a political stance.
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26/02/2021 10:53:21 2 6
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Highly Political organisation, which is too busy playing Politics to prevent heritage sites like Clandon Park House from being burned down !!
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26/02/2021 10:43:42 13 2
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This is a great idea to plant trees, whatever meaning people place on them. It would be lovely for it to encourage more planting by local authorities. Saplings cost under £1 each and can be planted in a matter of seconds. The health benefits for the air we breath, the ecology the trees are part of, and of course our mental wellbeing are all demonstrated. This is an encouraging initiative.
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26/02/2021 10:43:47 273 9
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As a farmer I have a very long driveway of over 3/4 mile into my farm yard from the lane. It is lined with large well established Beech and Hornbeam trees. Over the years we have planted hundreds of various Cherry Trees which come into blossom before the leaves on the main trees start to come into foliage. The scent and colours are simply stunning and the bird song is to live for.
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26/02/2021 10:46:01 92 7
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Thanks for sharing that comment, that gives me so much pleasure to read. Fantastic.
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26/02/2021 10:46:13 21 2
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Inspiring post, Finkelstein. : )
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26/02/2021 11:13:42 16 1
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Beautiful. Makes me smile thinking about it.. and a little bit envious lol .. simply gorgeous though !!
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26/02/2021 11:19:58 4 11
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I like the blossom.. There are many cherry trees in Gosport area.
Issues are
Blossom is for just one week of year
Monoculture
Mess! Blossom falls within a week
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jj
26/02/2021 11:22:53 11 1
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Well done you, lovely to read.
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26/02/2021 11:37:16 14 2
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??FARMERS KNOW BEST , they live with the land,not politicians well done. all in the uk support our farmers
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26/02/2021 11:41:29 5 1
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Good man.
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26/02/2021 11:56:52 3 10
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Get orf moi laaand you 'orrible townies. 'Ere, Jethro, chuck another tyre on the bonfire.
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26/02/2021 12:29:01 4 0
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Why on earth are people downvoting this?
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26/02/2021 12:29:29 2 0
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Cherry blossom smells amazing. I have a row of cherry trees between my car parking area & the rest of the garden & can't resist sniffing them every time I go to or from the car. The "confetti" on my black car can be a pain, but it's worth it! They're just budding now...
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26/02/2021 12:54:21 4 0
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We ha e ab out 100 trees on our property and the leaf drop is tremendous but we would rather clear them than have nothing.
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26/02/2021 10:44:22 9 4
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Variety is key, unlike the Chinese who have planted millions of trees of the same species which subsequently died out and had zero ecosystem

Plus trees are really good at soaking up all that water when the flooding arrives..
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26/02/2021 10:33:11 40 8
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"33 trees will be planted in London"

Big deal and 10,000 flats will be built as the other side of the equation !
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26/02/2021 10:44:32 21 17
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Then we will open a coal mine in Cumbria.
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26/02/2021 11:22:21 7 2
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Instead of importing coal from the third world
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26/02/2021 13:11:31 1 0
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Good. We still use coking coal and will for a while yet, so why import it?
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26/02/2021 10:45:10 14 3
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Anyone who has been lucky enough to have travelled along Preston New Road in Southport at the start of May will know why this is a very good idea.
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26/02/2021 11:17:46 2 0
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And the Blackwater Valley route near Farnham
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26/02/2021 12:35:33 0 2
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Anyone seeing the road when all the petals fall won't forget it either ! A week of colur 51 weeks plain brown with green leaves sporadically. Useless to wildlife.
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26/02/2021 10:45:32 51 4
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Happy Friday folks.

Great news, but nothing new.

The Victorians were wise enough to combat pollution by planting Plane trees ‘up in that there London’.

UK should be planting trees everywhere & we should discourage Local Councils from cutting them down if the trees are not dangerous or diseased.
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26/02/2021 11:26:27 13 1
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Tell that to Birmingham City Council. Killing trees is their hobby.
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26/02/2021 11:28:12 4 0
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Yes article recently.. Green areas help in multiple ways
1) produce oxygen
2) mop up air pollutants
3) support wildlife (even grass.. Earthworms to birds etc)

Green can be vertical on walls too.. Asia has vertical wall planting pots.
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26/02/2021 10:45:36 19 3
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A great initiative - particulalry now, to keep people's connection with nature.
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26/02/2021 10:43:47 273 9
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As a farmer I have a very long driveway of over 3/4 mile into my farm yard from the lane. It is lined with large well established Beech and Hornbeam trees. Over the years we have planted hundreds of various Cherry Trees which come into blossom before the leaves on the main trees start to come into foliage. The scent and colours are simply stunning and the bird song is to live for.
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26/02/2021 10:46:01 92 7
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Thanks for sharing that comment, that gives me so much pleasure to read. Fantastic.
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26/02/2021 10:46:07 3 7
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I mean it's going to be lovely and all, but you can't just slap in some trees and tell people "we're kinda doing hanami now". It's tied to Japanese culture, rice planting, Shintoism and so on.

Over in the UK, it's going to be a case of (adjust for Shoreditchese) :
" 'Ave yow seen th' cherry blossoms?"
"Arrrr chick"
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26/02/2021 10:43:47 273 9
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As a farmer I have a very long driveway of over 3/4 mile into my farm yard from the lane. It is lined with large well established Beech and Hornbeam trees. Over the years we have planted hundreds of various Cherry Trees which come into blossom before the leaves on the main trees start to come into foliage. The scent and colours are simply stunning and the bird song is to live for.
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26/02/2021 10:46:13 21 2
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Inspiring post, Finkelstein. : )
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26/02/2021 10:59:05 33 4
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I can't believe there are a couple of thumbs down on these posts.
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nic
26/02/2021 10:33:38 0 5
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Here come the smart cities and no access to the outdoors
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Jo
26/02/2021 10:38:59 6 4
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Great idea. Love trees - as long as they're native to the UK.
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26/02/2021 10:53:42 1 2
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Don't go to Kew then.
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26/02/2021 10:49:21 0 1
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Steady on - we can't have statements like that! We must embrace diversity !
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26/02/2021 10:46:23 12 4
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Meanwhile Network Rail are tearing them all down.
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26/02/2021 10:53:37 4 8
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Yes. In order to build a much needed high speed railway fir for the 21st Century. And btw they will be planting more trees than they have to take out.
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26/02/2021 10:41:23 54 2
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I wish local councils & organisations were more concerned with nature & ecology. The rush to gobble up land for building instead of using brown-field sites.. or converting all the (now) empty high street shops into housing seems to have been forgotten about.
I love trees & can't abide the drastic hedge trimming & removal that landowners/farmers seem ultra keen on. The UK needs to up its eco game.
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26/02/2021 10:46:49 23 3
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Sent a letter to my local MP asking why we were not turning empty units in to residential dwellings. Reply, I am still waiting.
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26/02/2021 10:49:43 5 0
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Let me reply: Because they belong to someone. What's needed is the right incentives.
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26/02/2021 11:45:31 1 0
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It is the local authority who would be the body who decides on such matters and allow a change of use.
My own area, City of London, has steadfastly stuck to it's refusal to consider it, while rubber-stamping all new office/retail developments and enlargement of existing ones. More construction workers than office workers in City of London now.
There is cherry blossom by St. Paul's cathedral
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26/02/2021 12:38:01 0 0
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Unfortunately large commercial buildings are physically unsuitable for any residential use.
Small units - empty mid-terrace shops, for instance - can already be turned into houses or flats. No planning consent necessary.
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26/02/2021 10:29:09 27 18
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Nice idea but how long before the trees are vandalised by those intent on trashing their neighbourhood?
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26/02/2021 10:47:18 4 1
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They should introduce new littering laws with hefty fines and inforce it properly like how they target the motorist . Sales of gums should be banned too.
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26/02/2021 10:33:11 40 8
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"33 trees will be planted in London"

Big deal and 10,000 flats will be built as the other side of the equation !
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26/02/2021 10:47:20 2 0
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I get your comment, but the idea and inspiration is much much more powerful than 33 trees.
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nat
26/02/2021 10:47:21 1 6
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great for hayfever
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26/02/2021 10:47:33 3 10
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What a lovely idea. It will not quite make up for their racist teaching scheme at the taxpayer's expense but hey ho.
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26/02/2021 10:47:43 23 4
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Must be a better idea than a garden bridge over the Thames..
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26/02/2021 11:01:12 4 5
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Yes, bridges are only for cars and trains. Could not possibly move the brain towards thinking of anything innovative
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26/02/2021 10:48:20 3 11
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We won't be renewing our National Trust membership now that it's seen fit to become a horticultural institution.
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26/02/2021 10:48:23 3 8
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Where I live, in a semi-feral area, they would be vandalised within a day or two. I expect it would be a good idea in the nice neighbourhoods.
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26/02/2021 10:54:23 0 2
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That's why you should resist CCTV then there will be no evidence of you caving in subhuman skulls with a cricket bat.
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26/02/2021 10:38:37 59 13
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Am wondering what religion has to do with planting trees?
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26/02/2021 10:48:24 25 4
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I think they were trying to make the point that no matter what religion we all want the same things.
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26/02/2021 11:13:17 21 2
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And my point is, people seem to think their religion or sexuality are relevant, particularly to strangers . . . . and I'm pointing out they are not.
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26/02/2021 10:48:36 5 7
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I'm going to disagree here. It seems well meaning tree planters can shove the damn things wherever they like without any fear of criticism of any sort. In my area a couple of small open green spaces have been commandeered in this way without any consultation. Instead of an area for a ball game or a picnic we have a future area for discarded cans and somewhere to hang dog poo bag baubles.
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26/02/2021 19:39:11 0 0
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You sound like a bundle of joy.
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26/02/2021 10:36:07 27 6
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Why has it taken until 2020 to establish this? I've travelled the world for years and we aways seem to be playing catch up yet claim to be world leading.

Anyway, beutiful flowering Jacaranda trees in Harare spring to mind.
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26/02/2021 10:48:39 3 1
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It's 2021 mate..
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26/02/2021 11:11:13 0 2
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But when I went there it was Harare.
Is that ok, mate?
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26/02/2021 10:38:37 59 13
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Am wondering what religion has to do with planting trees?
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26/02/2021 10:48:56 20 9
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I think mushtaq is merely trying to show solidarity and a sense of belonging to the wider community. Why shouldn't he do that as a Muslim?
Also there is something spiritual about trees in many faiths and indeed for people who have none, so again not really seeing any issue here.
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26/02/2021 11:11:17 18 6
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Comment odd, religion to bring up.

From your Jedi neighbour.
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26/02/2021 11:12:23 6 3
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Why point it out?
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26/02/2021 10:40:17 4 7
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"However, according to conservation group WWF, the UK is one of the most "nature depleted countries in the world".

Of course it is!! - Every scrap of land is being concreted over, to accommodate millions more people!!
that's just the ones you know about, not even the jihadists arriving in landing craft at Dover Removed
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ww
26/02/2021 10:40:25 1 3
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As some who gets bad asthma / hayfever from various trees have they paid attention to make at least some of trees 'smell free' sp people like me can do the walk?
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26/02/2021 10:35:44 83 7
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National Trust to plant blossom trees in cities.. Wonderful idea that the National Trust on behalf of the British Public are planting these trees. Its great for our environment and the development of fora and fauna in or cities, towns and urban area. It will certainly help with song birds, ground nesting birds and various insects. There is nothing more beautiful than blossom scent and bird song.
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ww
26/02/2021 10:41:47 13 58
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Blossom scent brings on my asthma... Can at least some of the trees be non-smelly?
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26/02/2021 12:03:24 1 4
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Rotting flower petals to slip on, Limited flowering life, but, hey ho good cheap advertising for a lottery. As it only pays a third at most to charities from its income it's money for expences.
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26/02/2021 12:17:05 1 1
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No they can't. Harden up or wear a mask. (I was joking about the harden up part)
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26/02/2021 10:23:56 15 21
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When I see how many leaflets the National Trust use at their attractions, and i think of how many trees were killed in the process, I think they owe much more than "a few dozen trees".
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26/02/2021 10:42:41 3 3
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And that's the "attractions" they don't manage to burn down or rip up the heritage!!
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26/02/2021 10:55:24 1 2
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Yes this is very true - and many of the attractions are not in keeping with their typical clientele either!
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26/02/2021 10:42:53 7 1
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This is a great idea to lift peoples mood in these hard times. It is good that it is being undertaken in cities, but there are many many towns that are just a sea on concrete that would benefit from street trees.

On contacting my local council about tree planting they said their main job was cutting them down. We need a change of attitude to improve our environment for future generations
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26/02/2021 10:27:03 76 9
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Good idea but I don't think it should be the National Trust's job.
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26/02/2021 10:49:14 8 35
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Who would you say should take on the burden? Surely not the government during a pandemic and the recovery of a pandemic?
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26/02/2021 11:27:11 5 1
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And why should the National Trust? Its members haven't joined for that however nice it would be.
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26/02/2021 11:27:41 5 0
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The Woodland Trust would seem the most qualified and perhaps posses the greatest expertise.
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26/02/2021 11:33:25 1 0
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Local councils.
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26/02/2021 11:43:16 2 0
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This has nothing to do with beautifying places and all to do with advertising a lottery whose TV adverts show how little of the collected funds actually reach the charities they support. A pity both the BBC and National Trust for England and Wales fell for it.
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26/02/2021 11:57:12 1 0
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Are you old enough to recall the great tree plant of the 70s ? much of it failed because there was no aftercare exacerbated by several very hot summers Plant a tree in 73 Plant some more in 74 Not many alive in 75 Dry as sticks in 76 is how it went. It was a Govt led initiative which sadly made no provision for the saplings to be watered and staked until they established.
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26/02/2021 12:39:48 0 0
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It is obviously the local council's job. Quite weird that the NT are even able to do it.
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26/02/2021 10:40:28 8 3
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And in Lusaka, Zambia.
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26/02/2021 10:49:14 5 1
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Lived out there as a child - some of the colours of the foliage and fauna are truly stunning
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26/02/2021 10:38:16 5 15
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Stories like this always make me think of Corbyn's "2 billion trees in 20 years" election pledge.

Do the maths using 50 x 35 hour week (not allowing for strikes of course) and it works out around 16 trees per second. Makes me chuckle every time. No mention of the cost of course.
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26/02/2021 10:49:19 1 3
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Bad move criticising Corbyn. Saw Abbot on tv the other day.
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26/02/2021 12:43:44 0 0
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I hope the remote was immediately at hand to put that right.
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26/02/2021 10:36:07 27 6
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Why has it taken until 2020 to establish this? I've travelled the world for years and we aways seem to be playing catch up yet claim to be world leading.

Anyway, beutiful flowering Jacaranda trees in Harare spring to mind.
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26/02/2021 10:49:20 3 1
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And in Singapore. ; )
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26/02/2021 10:49:35 3 2
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The more trees planted the better, just a bonus that the blossom looks nice as well. Also think that for every mature tree felled that at least ten should be planted to replace them.
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26/02/2021 10:46:49 23 3
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Sent a letter to my local MP asking why we were not turning empty units in to residential dwellings. Reply, I am still waiting.
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26/02/2021 10:49:43 5 0
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Let me reply: Because they belong to someone. What's needed is the right incentives.
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GGG
26/02/2021 10:49:52 5 3
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Fantastic. Keep planting. And Newcastle? Do it quickly - that authority's record is more for chopping mature trees down than it has ever been for planting new ones. E.g. Remember the Coast Road construction?)
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26/02/2021 10:49:55 3 11
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We have two cherry blossom trees in our garden. They’re really lovely for about 10 days a year, following which the messy fallen blossom has to be cleaned up.
Who’s going to do that in cities, and who’s going to pay for it?
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26/02/2021 10:54:12 6 0
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they are petals they will disintegrate within two weeks; who needs tidy.
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26/02/2021 10:58:30 2 0
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The world is a mess and a little beauty and oxygen is what it needs. Yes the blossom falls, but that is how nature works. It normally blows away quickly unlike litter.

If we follow your point everything should be concrete even grass as that has to be cut. Do you not think the world is grey enough?
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26/02/2021 10:50:41 7 2
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We have a line of cherry blossom trees in the front garden at our factory. Every once in a while, passing persons of oriental lineage come onto the property to admire them and take photos.

I always find these trees pleasing, and it is even more pleasing that they bring pleasure to others who appreciate their beauty.

More of the same please.
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26/02/2021 10:34:38 21 9
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You're being down voted but from what I see of the rundown state of UK cities you are spot on. I travel a lot and of the so called major industrialised nations the UK is by far the dirtiest. Just one example - I have never seen a country where the main streets in towns have as much dog poo on the pavements. You're unfortunately a very dirty people.
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GH
26/02/2021 10:50:44 5 1
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You’ve clearly never visited Paris or Amsterdam or Brussels.
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26/02/2021 10:51:01 0 2
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Konnichiwa
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26/02/2021 10:25:27 7 33
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Not very inclusive for those with hayfever...
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ww
26/02/2021 10:44:12 0 2
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Absolutely right. Those against this comment obviously don't get bad hayfever / asthma attacks. At least some of these trees should definitely be non-smelly so we sufferers can cope...
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26/02/2021 11:38:31 1 0
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It was clearly a joke. Even as someone with hay fever, I was lampooning the “woe is me” attitude everyone seems to have these days, and you just proved my point.