The lone tree symbolizes the tree of knowledge. Trees always live in a community not alone. When they are separated from the community they are forced to live a lone, in a solitary life –
Whenever a tree is cut down near where I live I get upset. I have an immediate emotional reaction, bypassing my brain. There were several lone trees and a couple of stands of trees near our house, in other people’s gardens. There is now only one large red gum along a curb and the rest are deciduous trees. Two large majestic red gums have been cut down and two scruffier groups of gums; all homes to bird families and who knows how many other creatures and insects. Cut down because branches were falling on someone’s fence or leaves were clogging up the guttering or the wife or husband thought they were unsightly. Stupid reasons; pathetic reasons to kill something.
By Margaret Bates