I like trees, and in general I think they're a good thing to have around in our city. I do think they should be planted appropriately though, and this is why I've just written to the Council's planning dept about the sycamore in the school grounds behind our house. They grow into very big trees and we're worried that in a few years time it's likely to be doing serious damage to our foundations, especially since we have such a small garden so it's really quite close to the house. And it's already soaking up all the moisture from the soil and killing our lawn. I feel a bit mean asking them to cut it down, but I just don't think it's a sensible place. Sycamores should be planted in the middle of big patches of open ground, not less than 20 feet from someone's back door.