Monday, 2 December 2013

stimulating discussion: the politics of...

Jay Doubleyou: The Politics of Trees
Jay Doubleyou: the politics of trees: pt2

Jay Doubleyou: immigration
Jay Doubleyou: immigration part 2
Jay Doubleyou: social issues

Jay Doubleyou: secrets

Jay Doubleyou: explaining how your country's education system works
Jay Doubleyou: dumbing us down
Jay Doubleyou: deschooling society

Jay Doubleyou: art questions

the media:
Jay Doubleyou: english-language news media
Jay Doubleyou: english-language news media - part two
Jay Doubleyou: turn off your tv
Jay Doubleyou: advertising

Jay Doubleyou: racial issues
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Jay Doubleyou: sport as poetry in motion... ?

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the politics of trees: pt2

Following on from Jay Doubleyou: The Politics of Trees earlier, things are hotting up a little:

Ripped-off Britons: Tory leak says the prime minister is going round Number 10 saying: 'We have got to get rid of all this green crap!'

Paul Owen: Cut All The Conservative Modernising Crap

Istanbul Taksim Gezi Park is not about trees |
2013 protests in Turkey - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Guide Istanbul » Gezi Park: A Big History For a Small Space

Developer kills ancient oaks in West Hill

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A developer in West Hill has killed off two ancient oaks in West Hill, prior to submitting a planning application.
Developer kills ancient oaks in West Hill
Hugo Headon of H & H Prestige Homes recently bought Crantock on West Hill Road, near the war memorial.
But there are two ancient oaks inconveniently growing on either side of the access, which may have to be widened if another house/houses were built in the back garden.
Unfortunately, the trees were not subject to a preservation order.
I received a phone call from a resident at around 7.30am on Thursday (4 Oct) morning, worried about chainsaw noises coming from Crantock.
I rang one of EDDC’s tree officers and following a visit that morning, where he met and spoke with Mr Headon on site, it became apparent that the two very old oak trees had been fatally and deliberately damaged.
A large number of trees in the back garden have also been fatally damaged or felled, including several mature native species.
It is really incomprehensible how someone can do this.
Only six months ago, four mature oaks were felled at Cornercroft in Elsdon Lane - see

Claire Wright - Your Independent East Devon District Councillor for Ottery Rural

West Hill Road without the Crantock old oaks

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And here’s the view of West Hill Road without those lovely old oaks at Crantock.
West Hill Road without the Crantock old oaks
The developer, Hugo Headon from H & H Prestige Homes, told the Ottery Herald that a tree surgeon’s report stated that one oak was “a serious danger” and the other needed “expensive tests.” He said the tree was not worth the cost.
This was news to EDDC’s tree officer who said that although there was some dead wood the trees would have lived for at least another 100 years.
Here’s the same view with the oaks still in place last month -
Photograph: Ripped out of the fabric of West Hill - two oaks that were at least 150 years old - and would have lived for another 100 years, at least. 

Claire Wright - Your Independent East Devon District Councillor for Ottery Rural

Wangari Maathai is a Kenyan environmentalist and political activist. In the 1970s, Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement, an environmental NGO focused on environmental conservation and women's rights. In 2004, she became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for her contributions to sustainable development, democracy, and peace.

The Green Belt Movement ( organizes rural women in Kenya to plant trees, an effort that combats deforestation while generating income for the community and promoting empowerment for women. Since Maathai founded the Movement, over 40 million trees have been planted and over 30,000 women have been trained in forestry, food processing, beekeeping, and other sustainable, income-generating activities.

Wangari Maathai also recommends: 
• Nature Conservancy (
• United Nations Environmental Programme (

Wangari Maathai & The Green Belt Movement - YouTube