But she is right to condemn our national obsession with the preservation of old trees. A tree has to be either expectionally beautiful, very famous or in some way irreplaceable to merit its life being extended beyond its healthy span. Our forefathers sawtrees as a crop to be harvested and replanted. Trees that were too old to use as timber became fuel.
If south-east England had more young and middle-aged trees and fewer superannuated ones, the 1987 hurricane would have beenless devastating. Ms Jakeman says: "A tree is a lump of wood." I say: "Plant more trees and use more wood."
Yours faithfully, ALICE RENTON Mount Harry Trees Offham, East Sussex 30 December