I love our stand of Scots Pine trees which are by the farm house. They are always full of interest.
a) they protect us from the prevailing west wind when there is a gale blowing.
b)they provide a comfortable roost for numerous pheasants every night, well away from marauding foxes.
c)greater spotted woodpeckers adore them, running up and down the trunks and flinging off great shards of bark.
But there are minus points too.
a) pine needles fall off in their thousands at this time of the year, blocking all the gutters around the farmhouse so that the guttters have to be cleared regularly or the rain overflows them.
b)mowing round their trunks is a monumental chore and yet it has to be done.
c)pine cones fall off in their thousands and cover the drive out on to the lane with a thick layer. Walk up the drive at your peril - it is easy to twist one's ankle on a pine cone believe me. Rake them up by the barrow-load, turn your back and the drive is covered again!
But like a lot of other things in life, for all their faults I wouldn't be without them for the world.