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Tree Ordinance put on hold

Original post made on May 13, 2009

What at first appeared to be an open and shut hearing over removing coast redwoods from Danville's protected species list turned into an hour-long debate over the enforcement of the town's preservation ordinance and whether removing trees from the list was indeed the right course of action.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, May 12, 2009, 10:36 PM

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Posted by A Gardening Fool
a resident of Danville
on May 13, 2009 at 7:46 am

When we bought our property in Danville, I took a class through UC Berkeley Extension given by Jonathan Plant, a horticulturalist who designs for Golden Gate Park. He said one of the biggest mistakes in home landscape was to consider plants too “precious” to remove. If a plant doesn’t enhance your garden or add to it’s enjoyment, remove it.
Wikipedia’s definition of a garden is “A garden is a planned space, usually outdoors, set aside for the display, cultivation, and enjoyment of plants and other forms of nature.”

“Residential gardens are typically designed at human scale, as they are most often intended for private use.”

I urge the powers in charge to consider first, a home garden is for a homeowner’s enjoyment. Second, it should be in human scale to be enjoyed. A redwood tree that grows five feet a year is usually soon out of scale and is unsafe and inappropriate. Please be brave and make a common sense decision about this issue. It is so frustrating to see a government agency attempting to control its constituents’ rights to have their own garden on their own property for their own enjoyment. We’re not talking about a 400 year-old oak here! Please......get some courage to do the right thing and get on to issues worthy of your time.

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Posted by Duffy
a resident of Greenbrook Elementary School
on May 13, 2009 at 12:57 pm

Huge Redwood Trees on undersized lots pose a hazard not only to physical property when the roots teat up foundations but also to life and limb when they eventually fall over doe to inadequate root structure to support the massive weight of the tree. Will the Town of Danville be responsible for this property damage and possible loss of life?

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