Well, what could it be? Climbing them? Carving their names in the trunks?
It can't be being injured by falling coconuts, after all, not in Devon's climate!
Well, I can say I wasn't expecting that.
According to Plymouth Live, the council insists that the work was necessary in order to tackle anti-social behaviour. A council spokesperson said: “The area around the Belvedere shelter has suffered from growing anti-social behaviour, with council officers regularly having to clean up sex and drug paraphernalia.”
Which 'council officers'..? Because if it's the street cleaners or parks staff, some might say that it's their job...
The spokesperson said: “We will be replacing them with planting that has improved biodiversity benefits and provides a better home to bees and bugs.”
And discourages public sex? Hmmm. Nettles?
The residents aren't convinced:
The person, who called the palms “stunning”, said the removal of shrubs would merely relocate anti-social behaviour elsewhere and said: “Those causing the problems will simply move elsewhere.
The problem needs to be addressed at root cause level, not moved on.
“These palms were stunning. Adding to biodiversity for sure plus, as all island and seaside people know, they are the best at dissipating wind. The sound of the wind in palm leaves is unique and was something to be enjoyed by all.”
Quite! But not enjoyed in that fashion...
H/T: Ian J via email