Blowing away the arguments against big trees in Bangkok
Concerns over branches falling onto power cables during storms and causing blackouts, or that the city's streets are not wide enough to accommodate large species that could brighten up the Big Mango simply don't hold water
Last week's column on Pterocarpus indicus, or pradoo, in bloom on Rama IV Road made me pay closer attention to trees along Bangkok's streets. Five days a week I have to fetch my grandson from school in the Dusit area, and from my gate near Suan Phlu to the school, I pass by many trees along the way.
PRETTY IN PINK: Flowering ‘Lagerstroemia speciosa’ on Rama IV Road.
From days of observation I have concluded that there's no reason why most of our street trees are not allowed to grow to their fullest apart from the unreasonable fear that branches might break and fall on motorists, and probably the desire to make them neat.
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