Three cheers for the ICC for their defence of the arbutus!
News that the Invercargill City Council is standing up against criticism of their street-side strawberry trees is good news indeed.
Despite complaints from a few residents that the strawberry-like fruits that fall from the arbutus are being traipsed indoors and spoiling the carpet, the council has said, no, they'll not be chopping the 200 strawberry trees down anytime soon.
What a pleasant surprise and a huge encouragement to any one like me who would like to see more fruiting trees in towns and cities.
Bring on the nut trees, the apples, the plums and the bushes of black currants, blueberries and gooseberries.
People will just have to check their soles.