Hamilton West Town Belt – Trees

The Once-ler says: ‘I chopped down a Truffula Tree with one chop. And with great skilful skill and with great speedy speed’ LOOK “There’s no cause for alarm. I chopped just one tree. I am doing no harm. I’m being quite useful”. [The Once-ler arrives in central Hamilton 2010 and starts with just one tree here, and one tree there] “And in no time at all … the whole Once-ler family was working full tilt … business did grow! Now, chopping one tree at a time was too slow. So I quickly invented my super-Axe-Hacker which whacked off four Truffula Trees at one smacker” [The super-Axe-Hacker has moved into the West Town Belt and in no time seven thirsty medium-size pinoak trees are removed, because small cracks threatened] “some big dogs and some little dogs going around in cars”



“There’s no cause for alarm. I chopped just one tree [Actually 7 trees]. I am doing no harm. I’m being quite useful.”

In 2010 in the central area of Hamilton I counted 420 trees that could be called mature (15 years+), and of these about 135 could be called large. Now, in 2018, over 20% of the trees have been removed, and what is even sadder, close to a third of the large trees are gone.

The CBD removal tree operation slowed down around 2015, and then the super-Axe-Hacker moved to the area alongside the river. For the Once-ler “business is business! And business must grow”. Now, if we look back, is this a good look for business and the city?


The Once-ler notes “UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not … SO … Trees are what everyone needs. Plant a new Truffula. Treat it with care. Give it clean water. And feed it fresh air. Grow a forest. Protect it from axes that hack. Then the Lorax and all of his friends may come back

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