The Lemon Tree

I had a neighbour who (over his fence and next to a main road) planted a lemon tree.  It was on a strip with no room for a footpath.   He tended and watered and nourished it for about a week or two.

My wife received a knock and a council worker asked if we owned the tree.  To get to the point - the council ripped out the tree.   When I rang to query why, they said that since they poison along the roadside someone may eat a lemon, get sick and then sue them.

It seems strange that here is a way that council land can produce food for free (with no transportation costs or fuel), a resident is doing all the labour and nourishment, and we pay rates to have them rip it out!