Ever since I have lived in the current home(29 years) my neighbour 4 doors away has had an old cherry tree in his garden. To the best of my knowledge he has never picked a cherry as the birds have scoffed the lot before they're properly ripe. last Saturday morning I heard someone using a chain saw and saw there were branched missing of the said Cherry tree. Ah1 He's pruning it I thought naively as it turned out as by lunchtime the whole tree had been sliced and diced and was stacked in his front garden. I feel a real sense of loss and it's not my tree. The birds will be massively disappointed as it was not only an early source of summer fruit but a nice roosting spot.
Next door to that is a magnificent Walnut tree in the garden. That house has just been sold by it's long term owners and I have my fingers crossed the new owners like Walnuts.