Road-side trees

I was driving home and saw something strange a few days ago. Thinking about it - I have noticed it before, but this was a prime example. The picture below shows a tree that has got a foothold - it is growing.

Some of you might have noticed the closeness to the roadside. That is because the tree is a stick that has been placed there by the Swedish Road Administration - Vägverket. They have experimented with putting wooden sticks as markers to show where the road is during snow.
There used to have orange plastic sticks that they had to collect in the spring - some where lost others broken. It was a big expense. The new sticks where ment to be cut when the roadsides where cleaned - but apparantly not.

My hope is that Sweden will go from the country of round-abouts to the country of road-side death by trees.