A Blanchardstown man has written a heartfelt letter pleading for a 150-year-old oak tree to be saved from destruction.
Thomas O’Toole penned the letter – written from the oak tree’s perspective – after he heard that the tree on Shelerin Road was to be cut down to allow a housing development to be built:
Some of you want to destroy me, why I wonder?
I have done no harm, I have lasted many generations, I have seen history being made; some good, some bad but still history.
I have heard the laughter of children in the brilliant sunlight.
I heard the cries of anguish of others over the death of a loved one.
I have sheltered you from the rain and protected you from the blazing sun.
I started off as a small seed just like you.
I grew into a mature creation of God just like you.
I created small branches that grew up but were always attached to me.
I let them go their own way, just like your children.
Funny how much we’ve got in common.
I am angry with what you want to do to me.
I would never do that to you.
Let me and my branches live, just like I want you and your branches to live.
We all have so much to learn from each other, let’s not destroy our mutual heritage, there is plenty of room for us all.
The Oak Tree
In June, The Gazette reported that residents had become concerned that a number of trees and hedgerows were to be removed to make way for a housing development near Lahunda.
The residents are concerned that the removal of these trees would have a negative impact on the local environment.
Thomas said that he was moved to write the letter because he wanted to protect the natural beauty of the area.
He said: “I know there are more important things going on in the world that we all should be angry about but why destroy this little piece of beauty that’s left in this sometimes ugly and frightful world?”
In the letter, Thomas cites the tree’s long life and imagines all of the things that the tree may have witnessed over the years.
“I have heard the laughter of children in the brilliant sunlight, I heard the cries of anguish of others over the death of a loved one,” he writes.
“I have sheltered you from the rain and protected you from the blazing sun.”
Elsewhere, Thomas points out that the tree has not done anyone any harm and wonders why people would want to do it harm.
“I am angry with what you want to do to me.
“I would never do that to you.
“Let me and my branches live, just like I want you and your branches to live.”
In June, Fingal County Council confirmed to The Gazette that a tree report had been commissioned on the oak tree.
The report found that the tree was not suitable for retention due to its poor condition but Thomas said that he will continue to campaign to save the tree.
“I will not give up trying to save this amazing piece of beauty,” he said.