Nothing as lovely as a tree
•Offaly woman Teresa Treacy deserves an award instead of a prison term for her courage and tenacity in resisting the ESB's move to cut down her beloved trees.
The evergreens, oak, ash and birch that she has tended to are more than just lumps of inert or lifeless matter. They are among our most precious resources on this planet.
They beautify any landscape and lend character to even the dullest countrified scene that can greet the eye. They protect us from the elements -- how many times have we run to seek shelter underneath a tree, confident that the loving canopy of its leaves and branches would save us from a ducking?