It’s interesting to speculate on what the students at AU and UA would have done about the Comose Fig tree.
I’ve been in contact about our blog with photographer and bat advocate Nick Edards, who participated in the effort to keep the bats at the Royal Botanic Gardens. Here’s a wonderful message he sent me recently:
I wish you well in your efforts to raise awareness of the value of heritage items. One of the most complicated aspects of the Botanic Gardens dispersal is that we’re trying to find a balance between protecting the heritage of the gardens and the threatened bats that are damaging some of those trees. It seems to be a situation where there should be a compromise but I’m afraid that the only possibility for compromise appears to be an outcome where the dispersal goes ahead but fails. Who would have thought that nature could be so complicated!