What have Ceredigion County Council got against trees? Is it that they have a habit of sticking too far out of the ground? There was once a spectacular mature cherry tree opposite the Small World Theatre in Cardigan. When in bloom, it must have given pleasure to many, locals and visitors alike, myself included. Now it is a pathetic stump, shorn of its stately branches and uplifting pink flowers. Who ordered its destruction? Did it somehow interfere with the tasteless so-called "development" which was thrown up next to it?
In a similar fit of municipal vandalism, the trees overlooking Aberporth's north beach have also been made to look like something out of a middle eastern war zone. To enhance this effect, the new terracing above the footpath has been apparently draped in camouflage netting, giving the whole feature the appearance of a gun emplacement. Does the council know something we don't? I can understand that officials in Penmorfa might not care about displacing birds and other wildlife, but you would think - naively perhaps - that they might at least have considered the negative effect on tourism that such intemperate pruning would produce in what are otherwise two attractive towns.
116 Glanymor Apartments, Aberporth,