Logging starts in suburbia. Every week Council approves a number of big trees that have to be cut for different reasons. For every tree and bush approved there are dozens of others that don’t need approval. We replace most of this emasculated or destroyed vegetation with palms, often not native. Consequently many animals, insects, bats and birds have nothing to feed on or nowhere to live. And with all the cats roaming the streets at night, they have no place to hide. In parts of Suffolk Park the variety of birds has decreased dramatically; possums and bats are now rare. Humans are the poorer for it, with fewer colours and sounds to appreciate. Could Council find a way to encourage the planting of vegetation attracting more native wildlife to suburbia?
Isabelle Delmotte, Suffolk Park