A little quiet neighbourhood activism


A few weeks back, I set out for a meeting with some extra items in my bag.  I had made these little banners and after a night of gale force winds, in which fallen trees had crushed cars and stopped public transport (no humans injured), I was thinking about the hostility trees get at such times, and decided it was time for them to go out into the world.


In this second image, all the understorey has been guerilla planted by my friends and I, establishing native plants in place of the bare weedy ground that used to be there, constantly being poisoned by the council.  Much better!


Filed under Craftivism, Neighbourhood pleasures

12 responses to “A little quiet neighbourhood activism

  1. I often think of your signs as I pass ‘my’ trees in my neighbourhood, and wonder if I should follow suit. Great inspiration! Trees get such a bad rap. xo Jazzy Jack

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  2. I have only recently discovered your blog but love it
    thankyou for taking the time to inspire and motivate

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  3. chris beardsley

    I saw that a vacant block nearby has been sold. Time for me to hang a similar banner around the beautiful old Pink Gum that is at the back of the block. great idea

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  4. Inspiring as ever Mas. Our street trees in Canberra are pretty safe, but I continue to be alarmed at the number of trees that are cut down as new people move into the suburb and the mantra seems to be cut down any tree growing on your block. As this suburb was developed in the 1970s and was built onto an existing grassy woodland environment the gaps when these trees go are very obvious.

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    • Thanks, Leonie. I am seeing the same thing here, in fact sometimes people cut trees down prior to offering for sale, clearly believing this is going to improve the price they can get or the saleability of the block. Now I have put in understorey that is thriving in some parts of our suburb, I’m growing trees that might make it with that level of protection for their early stages.

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  5. What is interesting is that I have been told that the very large Chinese Elm (rather a thug of a tree) on the vacant block next door, will probably be protected from removal. The block has just sold and we anticipate a duplex or something to be built there as it’s a large corner block. Shame there isn’t more oversight of the eucalypts that have been removed over the past few years. I also realise that I will need to be vigilant as a Callitris I planted many years agoon the edge of my block, just starting to grow up above several metres, could easily be removed in error as a bottlebrush on the next door block is rather close to where it grows. I think some obvious tape out to my corner post may be in order. It’s a shame as my original neighbours and I agreed to keep fences etc a minimum so we ‘shared’ the gardens outlook, borrowing from each others landscape.

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    • Some “tree protection” regimes are really hard to understand. This situation is like some of those I’ve faced in my neighbourhood where I used bunting as a light, cheery (and simple) way to create a sense of a protected area.

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  6. Rebecca

    Simple, gentle and yet so radical.

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