Over the years our little cul-de-sac has been eroded of council planted shade trees in front of the houses. We are all meant to have one. Last year I counted that there were 4 missing. And with new houses being built, there will be a need for even more. So I contacted the council requesting they do something about it.
Six months later they arrived. Today in fact. To plant the four original missing trees. I watched, fascinated.
Two big trucks. One towing a trailer with assorted saplings. Five workers. That’s right – five! Four were armed with shovels. Or is it spades? I get confused which is for what. Anyway, after a good ten minutes of earnest discussion, someone struck a shovel into the ground. Then he stopped to rest. And the next one did the same. They each took turns to dig one side of what I could only assume was to be a square hole. The fifth person had the responsibility of removing the saplings out of the trailer and taking them to the newly dug hole.
Every now and then they would pause. Well – often. There seemed to be more pausing than digging. But then, I am no expert in the complexities of digging holes and planting baby trees. Obviously it is a complex business requiring much discussion and planning. And much resting with wiping sweat off brows.
The weather was 16 deg C, cloudy, with a light drizzle. Hence the poor quality of the photo. That, and my phone camera is misbehaving badly.
The four saplings needing new homes to tap their roots into were located about ten metres apart. Each new tree required the truck with the trailer to be relocated next to the new dig. This, it seemed to me, was so that shovelfuls of dirt could be thrown in without having to walk excessive distances.
As far as I could tell the second truck, sans trailer, was there for the sole purpose of providing additional soil to fill the newly dug holes.
Unfortunately I had to go out for an hour so I reluctantly left them to their work. They had been at it for a good hour and were already onto their last sapling. When I came home they were gone. And our street now is home to four new baby trees. Yay!
© Raili Tanska