Last year we suffered from what seemed to be intentional stout boot kicking of tree trunks to loosen bark, followed by the removal of bark strips. The Council responded by wrapping trees with a tough wire mesh. I thought the issue had gone, but last Sunday I saw a new example, in East Street, right in the centre of town. perhaps it is people with near to nothing, who feel abandoned by society, whilst society appears to value trees above them. The act of slowly kicking a tree to death may make them feel stronger, or powerful. Perhaps I’m being too lefty liberal.