LETTERS TO THE EDITOR From Malcolm Taylor, Newport:
Our garden isle is under threat.
Alarmist maybe but hear me out.
Cheap chainsaws are for sale in supermarkets and owners are indiscriminately slashing at established bushes and trees.
It’s so easy and no thought is given to habitat.
We might not bother about insects but if these mini clearances escalate, it will be harder for Island birds and squirrels to survive.
We can all recall the loss of familiar trees that were cut down illegally.
Developers set a bad example by clearing trees on new estates and replanting ornamental shrubs.
Now that wood-burning stoves are popular, what is to stop chainsaw owners lopping off branches in woods and copses?
I don’t know the answer but if chainsaws become as common as lawnmowers, then we could end up with a desolate landscape.