Picnicking against coastal tree poisoning
By EMMA CORNFORD
A GROUP of around 40 concerned residents and environmentalists picnicked under the trees at Diggers Camp Reserve on Sunday as a passive protest against tree poisoning in the area.
The group planted about 50 trees at the reserve and spoke about ways they could help fight the increasing problem.
Clarence Environment Centre spokesperson Karin Kirk said the 'glorious' weather and large turnout had contributed to an 'excellent' day.
"We were initially approached by the people from Diggers Camp so we came up with the idea of a picnic because ... quite a few resi- dents were concerned about tree poisoning that is going on," she said.
Ms Kirk said although there were suspicions about who was killing the trees, people did not want to point the finger.
"We hope this kind of peer pressure will make those people who are doing it think twice," she said.
"You can't watch the trees all day and night but just by making people aware and keeping everyone vigilant we hope we can stop it happening."
Numerous trees and shrubs have been poisoned or cut down at Diggers Headland in the past few months, with some locals believing residents wanting uninterrupted water views are the culprits.