You see this fine hedge on the photo. The hedge that shows this is my territory, keep out, yes, exactly this hedge. It has now been given a death sentence. Our living quarters are going to be renovated. They will be planting metal poles in the ground and the hedge is in the way. The hedge never did any harm. We cut it and trim it to keep it tidy. We even pay a gardener to do the work, to encourage its neat growth. According to a letter we all received, these hedges have been given a temporary death sentence.
Temporary: not for ever, just for the Summer 2017 of our life they will be removed, their roots ripped from their anchors of life and transported to an unknown place. We have been told they will return again and be replanted. They are not lost forever. They are in the way. They are an intrusion to the work force that will be removing the plaster from our walls. The hedges are a nuisance in the way and they never did anything wrong. Man is all powerful. Man removes disturbing objects.
The Damocles sword has been hanging over our heads for a long while. We knew it would be happening, but did not know when until today. A garener was seen walking with one of our new leaders who can decide on the life and death of a hedge. He was pointing his finger: here and there, and the finger was seen pointing to this hedge: from the wall on the left to our apple tree on the right. There will be no mercy. Every root wll be ripped out of its anchorage, perhaps there will be fatalities.
What has this hedge done wrong to deserve such a fate. It is quite simple, it is in the way. In the way of men and machines and scaffolding and the destruction that will be wrought in the name of progress. When our summer is finished and stolen, the hedges will be redeemed to their rightful place we were told.
Today the philosophy is be ruthless, what is in the way is to be removed.