Nature is Satan's church

Dr. Sam Loomis: I met him, fifteen years ago. I was told there was nothing left. No reason, no conscience, no understanding; even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, good or evil, right or wrong. I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face and, the blackest eyes... the *devil's* eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply... *evil*.
- Halloween

The trees planted in 2010 on Shardeloes Road have matured and now help to soften and prettify the stretch approaching Brockley Cross. Except for the ones which have accumulated a couple of years'worth of polystyrene boxes, crisp packets and plastic bags, which have been stuffed down the fences designed to protect their trunks. To look at this is to stare in to the heart of pure evil.

35 comments:

Shame said...

Whats so sad about this, is that you can see a busstop and a bright blue lewisham bin at the top of the picture...

NAT said...

And also you can see a notice.

Captain Perspective said...

Oh no! A bus stop and a bin on a street!

Westsider said...

Once again "Captain Perspective" (has there ever been a more inappropriate name) misses the point. Shame's not complaining about the bin you wally. It's the fact that there's a bin nearby that makes the rubbish dropping even more of a sin.

Anonymous said...

I hope while you were there you removed said offensive articles

Captain Perspective said...

OK Westsider, I see that now. My apologies, but Captain Perspective thought it was more munging over 'Street clutter' or such.

Captain Perspective AWAY!

Westsider said...

We can be friends again now!

Brockley Dogging Society said...

Isn't the real menace here the one that actually affects people - the large over-hanging bush?

Anonymous said...

not when it's so pretty

Anonymous said...

That bush/tree breaks the council's and the government's guidelines about height and overhang. Someone will be getting a letter with photos, and a 21 day notice to cut it back.

Anonymous said...

thanks, very good =)

NAT said...

I didn't ceanothus.

Honestly get a life.

Anonymous said...

actually, unless you are 7 foot tall
and can only walk beside the fence rather than use the rest of the footpath, it is negotiable. I have walked there twice this week.

Anonymous said...

If you compare the plant to the nearby car (yes! a car! Shield the eyes of little Mungo!) you'll see it encroaches on head space quite a bit.

NAT said...

If you see the beautiful ceanothus as the problem rather than the rubbish filled wire cylinder, there may be little hope for you.
Anon.

Anonymous said...

Of course there's space to walk pass, but the council wouldn't see it like that. They have a 'helpful' leaflet with diagrams for the unruly bush owner, and threatening notices. I know I received one.

Sue said...

We've had a similar problem with the new street trees outside the kebab shop on Gillian Street in Ladywell, which kept bugging me every time I cycled passed. When I tweeted @lovelewisham about it they tidied it up pretty promptly though.

NAT said...

Sue. I took the seceteurs to an overhanging bush on my morning amble which I believe I'm entitled to do.

I was careful to leave the non sequiters at home.

I dont think its the issue highlighted.

Brockley Nick said...

@Sue - yes, I thought I'd do the same on Monday. Glad to hear it worked.

PC Flopper said...

Litter dropping is cool, bruv.

Anonymous said...

We had the same problem as this on Brocklehurst Road in New Cross; new trees were planted and within weeks the wire guards were filling up with rubbish. I'm not sure, but i assume someone complained to the council as they came around and moved the guards up their poles which allowed any rubbish put in to fall out the bottom which meant it could be cleared. I'm sure if someone contacts the council about this they will be able to do the same.

kolp said...

The bin is in the wrong place?

Tressilliana said...

What makes you suggest that, kolp? Dropping litter on the ground or stuffing it down a wire cage round a tree is not the right thing to do, no matter how far away the next bin might be. It is inexcusable if you can see a bin a few paces ahead but drop the litter anyway.

kolp said...

I asked the question because I don't understand why the litter was put in the fence/cage as opposed to the bin.
Is the bin in the wrong location?

I suppose this is another example of broken window theory. One person puts some litter in the cage possibly thinking it is better to do that than drop it on the ground. Next person comes along thinks hey this is a defacto bin then on it goes...

Re-design the fence/cage?

Anonymous said...

A tighter mesh and a "top" on the cage (with an opening for the tree) would've been a much better design. This is what you get from the public sector.

Tressilliana said...

Thinking it is better to do that than drop it on the ground? What sort of idiot thinks it's better to drop it inside a tree cage than put it in a bin?

If you re-design the cage, they will simply drop it on the ground.

kolp said...

Tresiliana are things ok with you?

Tressilliana said...

Things are fine, kolp. I hate litter, though, so the red mist has descended on reading this thread!

kolp said...

Ok good. Just so you know it wasn't me who put the litter in the cage. Honest!!

Tressilliana said...

That's good, kolp! Never thought it was. I'll try some deep breathing now.

NAT said...

Can't help but like The Councils Brocklehurst St. solution. Raise the mesh up a bit.

Somrone squeezes a tinny through the Mesh, dunkle dunkle, now Pick It Up, you bad faith would be litterer turned real and terrible litterer.

Also; 'Brocklehurst'?...Badgers?,...Geoff Hurst?

BrockleyKate said...

That bush is beautiful, though (fnarr, etc). It would be a shame if it was clipped back - that lovely blue shade really brightens my day whenever I see it. It's a joy.

Anonymous said...

Those of us over 5 foot disagree!

TM said...

There appears to be a modern tendency for bush trimming. I blame the brazillians.

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of this picture a friend posted on Facebook recently of a bush in Canonbury which has now made it onto Failblog: http://wins.failblog.org/2012/05/15/epic-win-photos-hacked-irl-time-for-a-trim/#comments

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