Sea views are all well and good but what's wrong with seeing green? Trees, bushes and shrubbery are part of Mother Nature's rich tapestry, too. Recently, Kai Shing Management Services took it upon itself to rid the residents of Villa Rhapsody, in Ma On Shan, of their foliage so that those living on lower floors could have a clear sea view. I have seen similar things happen in my village in Sai Kung; newly arrived residents having swathes of branches - from trees far from their property - removed along with the renovation of their home. In one incident that infuriated villagers, an expatriate (well, it is assumed it was he because he'd already tried to have the tree in question removed) went so far as to put pellets of poison into the trunk of a particularly sturdy specimen. Fortunately, it seems to have survived the attack. In case there is any doubt in the minds of those who are quick to reach for the chainsaw: not everybody prefers a sea view to a green one - and few of those who would rather look at the ocean want to do so through the spindly stumps of once-proud boughs.