Letter: Why destroy edible fruit?

I very much enjoyed the editorial on the joy of blackberries in the last Peak [“Bumper crop arrives just in time for Powell River's Blackberry Festival,” August 9]].

There was a lovely stand of ripe blackberries about halfway up Algoma Avenue, adjacent to my garage. A City of Powell River crew cut the whole thing down on August 1.

I'm sure they had a reason, although the stand has been there for years and years and had caused no problems on this one-way street. My neighbour and I do prune the bushes, after the fruit is gone.

I heard that similar destruction was carried out in other areas of the city. 

Algoma is a well-travelled avenue and many of the people who walk or cycle up it would stop, graze, chat and visit, and just enjoy the sweet, ripe fruit.

I went to city hall the next day to ask why they had cut the stand down, and especially why they did it two weeks before Blackberry Festival when the fruit was ripe and edible. The person I spoke to said someone would call, but no one has.

Jennifer Nachlas
Harvie Avenue

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