I was told that 7 out of 13 new trees on Davis Street Dulwich Hill were poisoned or at least, this is the suspicion because there was a smell of petrol & the trees died very rapidly. Great choice. Petrol kills saplings fast.
Marrickville Council tried hard here because they planted Red Flowering Gums & they planted them close together. I think this neighbourhood got really lucky to have this species of tree planted.
I admit to loving these trees because they look very beautiful & they flower profusely with gorgeous red or hot pink flowers that provide food for bats, bees, possums & all nectar-eating birds. This species grows to a medium height & is not likely to have a negative impact on the neighbouring houses because they don’t grow invasive roots or grow higher than powerlines. If they were allowed to grow, the street would look spectacular.
I hope that Marrickville Council persists with replanting the same species despite the malicious damage & the cost involved. We can only hope that
residents all over Marrickville LGA come to understand that street trees have multiple benefits on their quality of life & the value of their property. Vandalizing street trees also has a negative impact on nearby properties.
If people came to understand that property values escalate when there are good street trees out front, they may decide to take care of them & stop vandalizing them.
In today’s Inner West Courier there is a news item about a house that was sold in Concord. The opening sentence was: Set on tree-lined Ludgate St is number 15, a four-bedroom house in Concord -
I’d be interested to know of any tree vandalism happening across Marrickville LGA. It’s one thing to be critical of Council for not increasing the overall tree canopy & another to have Council’s hard work destroyed by one or 2 people who do not care about their neighbours or the fate of urban wildlife.
The people of Davis Street are angry & they have good right to be. As they said, “What’s to stop this happening when the next trees are planted & then what will we have, a bare treeless side of the street when it could be so different.”