Melbourne’s Trees Get Thousands Of Love Letters After Being Given Email Addresses

Back in 2013, the city of Melbourne, Australia, assigned hundreds of trees email addresses to make it easier for citizens to report problems like dangerous branches.

Recently, officials said that the program had been a huge success, but not just because they were catching issues early. The city was instead being bombarded by thousands of love letters from citizens addressed to their favorite trees.

“My dearest Ulmus,” one letter begins.

“As I was leaving St. Mary’s College today I was struck, not by a branch, but by your radiant beauty. You must get these messages all the time. You’re such an attractive tree.”

“The email interactions reveal the love Melburnians have for our trees,” Councillor Arron Woodsaid.

Another adorable letter reads:

“Dear Algerian oak,

Thank you for giving us oxygen. Thank you for being so pretty. Hopefully one day our environment will be our priority.”

Some people were even lucky enough to get a reply from their favorite trees. Western Red Cedar replied to an email about the Greek debt crisis:

“Hi Troy,

I seem to remember the Greeks razed you to the ground one time — are you still angry at them?

Greece is not out of the woods yet, but may be out of the EU….Some say that they should be allowed to devalue their currency in order to recover their economy, but the EU will not allow them to do that.

I don’t know, but then I’m only a tree.


Western Red Cedar”

We love you, nature <3



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