The unspeakable municipal pruning

Municipal pruning is an “institution” that has been installed in Municipal Councils many decades ago and nothing succeeds in convincing the […]

Municipal pruning is an “institution” that has been installed in Municipal Councils many decades ago and nothing succeeds in convincing Portuguese municipal officials to put an end to them.

Possibly heirs of French horticultural techniques, which date back at least to the XNUMXth century, and in which artificial forms and topiary were predominant, it was a practice that, in Portugal, quickly gained the taste of those responsible for local authorities and public services. roads, which thus showed “work done”.

The photo is from Estoi, but it could have been from many other villages, where the “art” of the city's responsible for the trees on the roads is revealed at its best, creating those abortions and improving this taste, especially among the poor of the jacaranda trees.

Regardless of whether the Municipal Councils have landscape architects or not, nothing can put an end to this sad practice.

See another photo (below) of a young melia on the same street, who has not yet been sacrificed to the art of arboreal killers, and which reveals the beauty of her well-launched crown – perhaps next year she will be decapitated as well…

The taste is educated and the practices for the maintenance of Nature in all its forms, even within the city and especially within it, should be part of the civic education of municipal decision-makers and the executors of their decisions.

 

 

 

 

Author Fernando Pessoa, landscape architect

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