While Tree Plantings are in the News….

Filed under Yesteryear ~ by Throsby on  6 Jun 2019
Wickham Council 26 July 1894

Alderman Bevan moved, "That the department be again written to, pointing out that other reserves had been granted £25 each, whereas the Wickham and Islington parks had only been granted £12 10s each, and ask ing for a further grant."

Alderman Barclay seconded, and suggested that the member for Wickham should be asked to see the Minister re the matter.

The reserve coimmittee’s report was road and- adopted, and Alderman Wooderson drew attention to the way the trees in the Islington Reserve had been mutilated. The lopping off of the lower branches he characterised as a shame, as the trees were simply murdered.

By doing this the sap was forced downwards, and the roots of the fig trees would be going all over Maitland-road. The trees were for purposes of shelter, and if they were badly treated they would be no use whatever.

To the Editor (NMH) Wednesday 14 July 1987

The Conservation of Our Parks

Sir ~ Your correspondent, Mr. Robson, has taken up the cudgels in defence of the destructive spirit he has ever manifested against our public parks, wherever situated, especially those under his control as ex-Mayor and alderman of Wickham.

Judging by his words and actions he seems to think that our parks should be mere treeless fields, given over almost exclusively to grazing cattle, the fees from which are to be applied to municipal purposes instead of to the improvement of the park from whence they were derived.

This is, or should be, illegal, to say nothing about the impropriety and danger of allowing bulls among the cattle in Wickham Park, as has been done for the last few years. He has nothing to say about the utter destruction of all the beauty of Islington Park; nor can he say anything.

It speaks for itself.

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As regards . his sneer at "swans," the .report accompanying the plans simply suggested that should the pond or railway lagoon ever get weedy, swans, or geese, or even ducks, would soon clear off all aquatic weeds that might grow there. As to "mangroves," I suppose he refers to those that were in Islington Park before he ordered them to be chopped down.

I have said before, and I say again, that he had no business to exterminate all those trees, that helped so much to make the park so pretty to the eye of ‘taste,’ especially as they were growing out of oozy, black, salt mud, where no other trees could grow, and were, at least, 100 years old.

What I objected to in my first letter was this: He, having ruined all the’ beauty of Islington Park for the next 20 years, and put back Wickham Park by 20 years as well, by upsetting every attempt at formation or tree planting there by his introduction of cattle agistment into that park,



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