Keep the pine trees

Penny Corbett, Bergvliet

After the tragic murder of an innocent young person, I wonder if the ( powers that be) will consider leaving the remaining pine trees in the lower forest instead of removing them and planting fynbos.

What will happen when that fynbos grows as tall and dense as the current fynbos?

Then nobody will feel safe to use the lower forest and it will no longer be a place for recreation.

It will certainly become an inhospitable place for most of us in many ways.

Certainly worth thinking about either leaving the trees or a few rows around the edge and through the middle for “protection” from would-be murderers hiding in the bushes.

Paddy Gordon, Table Mountain National Park manager, responds: The pines in Tokai and Cecilia are not owned by SANParks, but by a commercial timber company called MTO (Mountains to Oceans). SANParks therefore have no power over leaving the trees behind.

However, with the restoration, the park will investigate the planting of indigenous trees in places, designing safe routes, and consider all possible safety precautions for the area.