Okay, so in my world these folks are doing the right thing; they're heros. So they had several reasons going on here...but if you ask me, any reason for saving a tree is a worthwhile reason! While they enjoy the flowers, perhaps local birds enjoy the fruit while the people, in turn, enjoy the birds. Who knew?
This article was in the latest issue of the AARP Bulletin:
A Tree Grows in Shrewsbury
Sometimes it’s the little things that apartment dwellers will fight for. In Shrewsbury, Mass., residents tussled with management over a crab apple tree.
The Shrewsbury Housing Authority, which manages Francis Gardens, a 100-unit complex for older adults, ordered the tree cut down in September so a dumpster could be relocated.
Lee Perrone, 74, and Pat Henry, 65, didn’t want the dumpster beneath their windows. Besides, Perrone says, when the tree blooms, “it’s the most beautiful thing—pink.” So the pair roped chairs around the tree and staged a sit-in. Both women received eviction notices. After a local lawyer volunteered to represent them, the housing authority backed down. The tree was saved. Officials did not return calls for comment.
Heh, heh, heh...my kinda women!
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