A few metres away from my house there was a sycamore tree. At a guess, I’d say it was 80 to 100 years old. Its branches were home to squirrels, lichens and legions of insects.

I would often sit in my garden on summer evenings and listen to the pigeons cooing and settling down to roost beneath its  leaves. My children loved to throw the seeds – double samaras – high into the air and watch them spin down like helicopters. In late October there would be a carpet of its shiny slippery leaves in shades of auburn, green, gold-yellow, and deep red.

Yesterday my neighbour chopped down this beautiful and healthy tree. I know how pleased my other neighbour will be that her garden will finally see some sun.

Sycamore’s are not a native species here in the UK, though they have been here hundreds of years, and I know trees don’t last forever. But, I can’t help feeling a little sad at the loss of this mini ecosystem that overlooked a corner of my garden. It will be missed.

22 thoughts on “Sycamore

  1. What a shame to loose a healthy tree. I didn’t think people could just chop them down. Not here anyway. But I suppose there is little the council can do if trees get chopped down without permit….I have fond memories of spinning sycamore seeds as a child. x

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    1. Apparently you don’t need a permit to cut down a tree on your own property unless it is protected or in a conservation area. Thankfully I still have a view of other smaller trees from my window – apple and plum trees and a few oaks in the distance. I just hope he doesn’t go chopping those down too! Thanks for stopping by Christina. x


    1. Thank you, Jane 🙂 I am trying to see it from my other neighbour’s point of view. She has been asking for the tree to be cut down for the last ten years – it was completely blocking the sunlight for her. She’s a lovely elderly lady who loves to potter about in her garden, so I am pleased that she will finally get some sunshine there.


  2. I feel for you! I hate to see the loss of a tree. A few years back, I agree with a neighbour that it was ok to take down a hedge between our two gardens. It was of a non-native plant that wildlife seemed to avoid, so I was pleased with the opportunity to replace it with a home for the birds and bees. However, when I got home from work one day, not only was the hedge gone, but a beautiful old wizened hawthorne that was also between our two gardens but was a home to nature.
    I cried, rather noisily, perhaps I should be embarrassed by the scene I made – but I’m not.

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    1. I would’ve been upset too.

      It is heartening to see from the comments how many people do care about trees and appreciate the vital role they play in our lives. The loss of this tree is like a death to me in a way. Not as bad as a person or animal dying, but I do feel a sense of grief.


      1. Yes, that’s exactly what I felt. The same thing happened to me when I came home from work on a bus and was distraught to see that the council had chopped down a row of mature cherry trees in Bradford town centre to make way for a recreational area completely devoid of greenery. I used to revere those trees when they blossomed.

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      2. The council are the worst culprits around here too. Mowing down wildflowers when it’s really not necessary. And I don’t like what they do to the public parks – just a few carefully clipped trees dotted here and there – anything that gets a bit wild looking is chopped straight away. I understand if they’re a danger, but they’re not. Grrr…. Oh well, that’s my moan for the day 😉

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      3. I’m moaning in agreement. No dig and ecologically friendly gardening has been around for decades (an millennium depending on how you want to view the situation). It’s amazing that councils and policy hasn’t caught up yet. I just want to shake politicians and yell – WAKE UP!!!

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  3. Hi Kim, so sad post. I can’t understand why people cut trees, it’s a crime. Last year one of my neighbours cut lots of trees to construct a pool. I’m still very upset with him, I can’t look for his backyard and see the pool, that most of the time is covered, and the gorgeous trees are gone.

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    1. 😦 Oh, that is a shame Elizabeth.

      When I first wrote this post, I thought I was being a bit silly getting so upset about a tree, but I really do appreciate everyone stopping by and telling me their similar experiences.

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  4. We have a sycamore in our front yard (seen in many photos background) that is around the same age as your beloved one was. This year we lifted two seedlings and potted them up into the tunnel where they tripled in size from the constant warmth and will plant them outside next spring. It is a shame to cut down a healthy tree, but they probably had their reasons.

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