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Root-and-branch appeal to save London's trees

I was sad to read in Astragal (AJ 10.7.03) that Leicester Square may lose its 'gloomy trees' and railings, to be replaced by a 'continental style piazza' on the lines of My Lord Foster's bleak sea of concrete paviors outside the National Gallery.

I understand that Prince Charles has spoken to these trees and the reason they are gloomy and depressed is due to them having continuously to process carbon dioxide into oxygen, and provide shade, shelter and greenery for humans and are suffering from EARS (Excessive Altruism Rejection Syndrome).

Perhaps we will eventually remove all such gloomy trees, railings and grass from London squares to attract conti - nental tourists who flock to the capital to see exactly what they have at home. Photosynthesis or pathetic fallacy? I'm on the side of the trees, root and branch.

Louis Hellman, via email

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