IN response to Mrs Jean Pitchforth's letter in last week's Globe, the reason why the council plants deciduous trees (ones that lose their leaves) is because the trees are native, support small wildlife and encourage bio-diversity.

There are also many aesthetic qualities such as autumnal foliage and seasonal variation that evergreen trees simply don't provide.

Like Mrs Pitchforth, many people have issues with falling leaves. But I see it as one of nature's great wonders and it adds seasonal interest to our streets and gardens.

They are an important part of the ecosystem, a natural fertilizer.

When did they become our enemy?

Dead leaves, when left in the garden, hold water, neutralize acid, and slowly release nutrients.

They're a valuable resource that we can all agree don’t belong in some landfill.

There is a big native movement in landscape circles at the moment and the planting of native trees should be encouraged and supported because it’s the right thing to do.

Wirral Council doesn't make many good decisions, but planting native trees is one of them.

M Walker,