It is sad to see how often the builders cut off all the trees when building. Of course it is a question of economical resources, but I really hope that more people would understand the value of mature trees for the environment. Not only the ecological value, but also esthetic and historical value of them.
I Saltsjöbaden, I took a couple of pictures of an beautiful house from the early 1900's, which got new owners and shortly thereafter was disfigured forever as they did not understand the value of the trees srrounding it. Now the house stands without "any framing", looking just tired and old. Even the old, beautiful oaks, normally appreciated even by the most ardent "tree-haters", were pruned back "to rejuvenate them". Something that you don't think would be needed with oaks, as normally the older oak, the better & more beautiful! It is so sad to see that the new owners do not see that the old trees are a big part of the charm of these older suburbs, part of their history that can't be bought for any money. It will take generations to repair the wounds like in this garden.
Here in Seattle, I've been confronted with even more dramatic kind of building practices: literally everything on the lot is bull-dozed off. So all that is left is a plain area of rubble and concrete rests. And after building the house, the whole area is landscaped again. But the trees won't be there for a couple of decades to give their dimension for the gardens. And in this heat, you have to turn on your A/C instead of getting their shade for free. I'm just wondering, as we are trying to be so green and environmentally correct these days, why don't we make this connection and start caring for the trees?