Tuesday, 24 May 2016

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

The removal of trees to the left of the Fielders Ground Cricket Pavilion in Cromer Road, Hornchuch, looks like an act of vandalism to some local residents. A beautiful view has been destroyed, perhaps forever. And what have we in its place? An eyesore, with an ugly new wall and a car park under construction.

Has this splendid view gone for ever? It seems so, sadly.
 This photograph was taken in May 2012.

This cluster of trees, on the left, once graced Fielders.
These photographs were taken on 11 July 2010.

And what do we have today, in the name of "development"? Paved by good intentions, no doubt, plenty of good intentions. And which path is paved by good intentions? I do so miss the lovely trees and bushes!

The Joni Mitchell song, Big Yellow Taxi, resonates. A paradise has been paved and a parking lot is now under construction. The trees have gone, but they won't be in a tree museum!

It is a beautiful morning. The birdsong is uplifting. The verdure around Fielders gladdens the heart, but the new development does not.

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