Last August I wrote about 10 Gordonias planted on the railway bridge on Richardsons Crescent at Tempe as part of Marrickville Council’s tree planting program. See – http://savingourtrees.wordpress.com/2011/08/01/street-trees-for-tempe/
These trees would have been wonderful, especially as this area has so few street trees. Unfortunately 3 of the trees were vandalized, first by knocking over the stakes & then on a second occasion, actually pulling out the trees. What a shame. The area needed some beauty & these trees would have provided beauty had they been allowed to grow. Gordonia are quite impressive when they are in flower. They are also good for wildlife.
I have written to Marrickville Council to ask that they replace the 3 trees that were removed to allow the original effect of a row of 10 flowering trees to have a second chance & to grow together so they are all of the same height. I hope that Marrickville Council has the funds & thinks that it is worthwhile trying again in this area. Tree vandalism hurts all of us.
** Council replied to my email saying that they were aware of these vandalised trees & that they intend to replace the 3 trees lost in next years planting season – August 2012. Thank you Marrickville Council.