When I relocated my family to B.C. nearly a decade ago, I opted to live on the peninsula for a number of reasons.
Surrey, as the ‘City of Parks,’ proved particularly attractive given the wonderful environment and large number of trees compared to other areas.
In the following years, I have seen numerous academic articles extolling the many benefits of living in such a neighbourhood. These include improved air quality, protected wildlife, increased security and general wellbeing for both physical and mental health. Furthermore, there is a positive correlation to green areas and higher house values.
Unfortunately, in the following years I have been shocked to observe widespread devastation of trees on both public and private land.
Development of property is an inevitable consequence of living in a desirable area. However, that must be accomplished in a balanced manner if we are to avoid a significant further negative shift in the environment that surrounds us.
In the run up to council elections, I will support politicians who protect what makes our surroundings so special – especially our trees.
I implore your readers to do the same.
David Hutchinson, Surrey