No not the sort of trouble you hear most people complaining about, roots in the pipes or dropping leaves in the gutters; it’s an expensive tree removal sort of trouble that has reared its head this week.
Now, I am a self confessed tree hugger. I love trees surrounding my house, they create a temperature moderating effect through shade and wind breaks, plus green is such a lovely cooling colour. To my eyes, a house looks undressed without some sort of greenery to break up the stark, squared off lines of the building. Because of this I have worked with our architect to ensure that a number of existing native trees have been retained on the site and had the house designed to showcase some of these. But none of these are the culprit. The tree in question isn’t even on our land; it’s on the nature strip on the front of the newly created block of land. Unfortunately it is situated right in the middle of where the new driveway will run. When you have a 10m frontage to a block of land a large poinciana tree is bound to create a headache sooner or later. Read more