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Deborah Lilly, Mullumbimby

In my letter regarding the trees of Tallowood Ridge (April 10), you (Echo) replace ‘more-than-human beings’ with ‘more-than-human trees’. Yes, a tree is a tree and in my dictionary, it is also a being (anything that exists or is imagined). This term was coined by ecologist, philosopher and author David Abram.

One particular tree, named ‘the gathering tree’ by developer Eric Freeman is so impressive and ancient it must’ve been growing when Lieutenant Cook, captain of HMB Endeavour, planted his flag. Sit under it, and you might agree that it’s a being; it carries a sense of story, calm and beneficence and is home to all sorts of creatures.

A beautiful stone wall half encircles the tree and it was named a nature reserve. Then Byron Shire Council, strapped for cash, would not take responsibility for this reserve, and it is now Lot 130.

Enter Friends of Mooibal Spur (FOMS). They have made a commitment to look after the tree and teach their children to carry the baton. All we need now is a philanthropist or three to help us buy Lot 130. It’s an ideal site for community gatherings and is in Lorikeet Lane. Anyone willing to support this initiative call 6684 3723.

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