A letter writer fears the future of trees is bleak in rapidly growing Surrey.

‘Majestic beauties’ being sacrificed

Developers these days don’t seem to care about losing tees. They only care about making their developments bigger.

I would hate it if one day my great-grandchildren came to me and asked me, “where am I going to hang my tire swing?”

I just feel that if we keep going in the direction that we are going, we will lose too many of our trees.

I voted for our Mayor Dianne Watts because she said she stood for keeping Surrey green, and that Surrey is supposed to represent the “city of parks.”

I am all for development and making Surrey an inviting city to move to, but when it comes to sacrificing our beautiful old and majestic trees, I protest.

There is a development of apartment buildings going in right beside where I live at the Arboretum Housing Co-op at 105 Avenue and 154 Street, and the developer is planning to cut down 63 out of the 71 trees, some of them are red cedars. Not only are these trees very, very  old, the name of our co-op means tree in Latin.

I look out my dining room window and I feel like I live in a forest; I don’t want to look out and see concrete and the trees gone.

A lot of developers these days don’t seem to care about losing tees, they only seem to care about making their development bigger at the cost of majestic beauties.

The future of our trees seems bleak, and how are we going to respond to that question, “where am I going to hang my tire swing?”


S. Jane Stevens

President, Arboretum Housing Co-op, Surrey

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