“Fife Council are to be congratulated on their efforts towards protection and improvement of environment across the Kingdom.
“The most obvious example to me is the increasing number of wildflower areas in parks and on roadsides, and the number of verges left to grow long. Brilliant for insects, butterflies, bees, birds. Beautiful and interesting to look at…
“I’m an artist, a painter of wildlife and nature. These are what inspire me.
“I don’t live in Dalgety Bay but I visit often and I’ve sat in that little wood, enjoyed the spring bulbs, heard a woodpecker drumming his courtship, watched blackbirds overturning the undergrowth for worms. I’ve imagined hedgehogs snuffling for their night time meal, maybe badgers too, and definitely deer will have used the space.
“Now instead of beauty and biodiversity we have a scene of desolation, of tumbled trees and flattened undergrowth.
“Once the development is complete people arriving in the town will be greeted not by nature but by concrete and cars, and I’ll be able to sit sketching a car park before popping into brand new Aldi – 150 metres away from the Asda superstore that’s already there.
“These little wild spots, places of nature dotted around our urban landscapes, make towns and cities places worth living in. They’re also vital for wildlife and to curb biodiversity loss.
“Unless you’re Trump, it’s indisputable that nature is great for our mental health, that carbon emissions need to be drastically cut, that serious actions need to be taken to prevent us losing hedgehogs and bats and bees and many birds – and our health! – forever.
“Trees replaced by cars? Come on Fife Council, it’s meant to be the other way round now.”
Contributed by Leo du Feu