Letter: Loss of trees in Darien to construction is heartbreaking

A letter writer laments the loss of trees in Darien. Here, young trees in Tilley Pond were blooming this weekend — Bryan Haeffele photo

To the Editor:

Isn’t it time for our elected officials, and really all of us, to wake up and install a tree ordinance in Darien? As I watch another dozen trees cut down on a single very small lot in our neighborhood I cant help but think on this subject there has to be a much better way to balance all this development.

With so much more construction in Darien in the works the time is now to protect our environment, our health and our well-being that trees provide. If we cant depend on others to think about the bigger picture, then a regulation, as much as we may dislike them, is the only way to preserve what is disappearing at an alarming rate.

I applaud Darien’s Tree Conservancy and its mission and think it is time we all get on the same page. If a tree ordinance can’t make a tree replacement policy mandatory on each property, perhaps it can mandate a donation to the conservancy at the very least. I hope others looking at the future picture will join in and make some noise at Town Hall to act now.

Jill Walker
Stanley Road, Darien

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  • TG

    I very strongly support this note. 100 years old trees are taken down without any second though.. and tiny saplings are planted “as replacement”… Lawn, lawn, lawn everywhere… Woodland is completely cleared out because it is “unsightly” or “too much work” to go around during construction. So much uproar and front page space about one millionaire’s property at the Sound, meanwhile every single day .5 and 1 acre lots clear tree after tree and it is seen as acceptable… just one or two more… just to enlarge the driveway.. just here and there… Beautiful hardwood oaks of hundred of years gone in minutes – my heart breaks as I hear the chainsaws going. And please understand, even the 15yo trees need to stay – they are the ones that WOULD eventually reach 100 years! If we clear all the saplings growing around the older trees, we will soon not have any natural replacements!! We have lived in town for 10 years and it is indeed an alarming rate of destruction… The Tree Conservancy can only do so much – we all need to help protect the trees we [still] have.. Trees belong around us, everywhere in the neighborhood, not only in “protected areas” and parks.. If caring and awareness don’t seem to work, I am very much in favor of an ordinance to protect a legacy to my [our] children.

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