At Sir Thomas More Estate, we had a small memorial tree in a lower courtyard, which looked lost in a grey yard.

So we, the residents, contained the tree in a 4ft square of tiles which we filled up with a mulch.

On the outside of this we had a nine-inch wide surround of natural greenery, which 'we' kept to six to seven inches high.

We told the garden contractors, and explained what we had done and why.

On November 29, when I went to attend to our gardens, I noticed that they were all wilting because they had been sprayed by weed killer.

When I asked a Tenant Management Organisation representative why they had killed the greenery, surrounding our tree, he said because it was natural weed, and that they could supply some plants.

I ask why, when we had something natural which stayed green all year round and had very low maintenance, had they killed it. He said: "It's a weed". That's no answer, what is a weed?

We now have a memorial tree in a dull grey yard. Is it right the more the TMO spend, the more they get?

John Hebditch

Chairman Sir Thomas More Estate