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Marrickville Council have given “post notification of emergency street tree removal” at of a Brush Box (Lophostemon confertus ) at the Addison Road entry to Enmore Park. The tree was removed 15th March 2013.
Council gave the following reasons for removal –
- “The tree was identified to have extensive damage from borer & decay from white rot at a major branch junction. Treatment of the borer & rot was not feasible as the extent of damage was too widespread with approx. 50% of the canopy dead as a result.
- Important structural wood had been removed (from a ground level to approx 3m) by the decay & a major limb overhanging one of the main entries to the park was at high risk of failure.”
I am happy to say that Council will replace this tree with another Brush Box (Lophostemon confertus) within the next 4-weeks using advanced stock (200L).
Yesterday I received an email informing me that Marrickville Council chopped down a large tree, thought to be a Brush Box, from Enmore Park. The tree stood at the Victoria Road entrance to Enmore Park, opposite Addison Road, so it is one of the highly visible trees in the park.
Those removing the tree said that it, “had a fungus, was rotten & split in the middle.”
I find it interesting that this tree was not included in the list of trees proposed for removal as a result of the recent Tree Inventory. See - http://bit.ly/STufHw
Neither was this tree listed in the notifications of tree removal on Council’s website as is their usual procedure. Council has notified the community regarding tree removals in parks before, including two trees in Enmore Park.
Perhaps the tree was an extreme danger to the community & Council will inform the community ‘post removal.’
Apparently the stump has been painted pink. I can only assume this is a chemical to prevent regrowth & that Council have done this because they don’t intend to remove the stump for a while. If this is the case, then there will not be a replacement tree planted for a while either.
This morning I went to a very moving, yet joyous memorial tree-planting event at Enmore TAFE Park in Simmons Street Enmore.
This is the first memorial tree planted for perhaps decades. I have seen some memorial trees in Camperdown Park that were planted in the 1950s & another in Alison Playground Dulwich Hill.
Until this event, modern day Marrickville Council did not do memorial trees. Clr Phillips brought the issue as a Notice of Motion to the Council Meeting of 6th November 2012. Happily the vote to allow this particular memorial tree to be planted & for a policy about memorial trees, to be prepared by Council, was voted unanimously by all Councillors.
This memorial tree was planted for local man Tom Buchanan 1953 – 2005. He & his family grew up in Simmons Street, opposite the Enmore TAFE Park & before, when the land was a bakery. Tom’s sisters Kim & Jayne, Jayne’s daughter Jody & Jody’s daughter Emma attended the planting today. Kim had travelled from rural South Australia to be here today. I thank the family for allowing me to attend.
Marrickville Council gave the family a choice of tree species & they chose a Blueberry ash.
Three Marrickville Council workers prepared the ground for the tree. The tree was planted & each family member was allowed to finish the planting. New mulch surrounded the tree. The tree itself was a beautiful specimen standing over 2-metres tall. It has been planted in an empty space with lots of room to grow to its full potential & will be a benefit to the park, to the community & to urban wildlife.
Jayne spoke beautifully about the meaning of the memorial tree for their family, as well as future generations of their family. She also spoke of her brother & how much he would have liked this. One of Marrickville Council’s Tree Managers also spoke about the importance of this tree. It was nice to see him there, representing Council.
The Council workers had made an effort with small things that make quite a difference. The spade was shining new & they had tied a bow around it. We all noticed & this pleased the family greatly.
It was not like a funeral. There was more joy that this was happening, than sadness, though the family said there would be tears once they got home. I mention this because some may feel that these kinds of events would be maudlin, but in reality they are events that bring peace & happiness. The family said other members of the family will visit the tree over the years & ensure their children & grandchildren see where it is.
I thank the Marrickville Councillors for voting to allow this to happen. I also thank Marrickville Council & the Council staff for the trouble they took to make this a meaningful event. The tree was beautiful, the effort to make the spade pretty was perfect, the speeches & the smiling staff was lovely. This was a great event & it made the family very happy. For me it felt great to be part of something that has so much meaning & brings happiness to people.
I hope that when the report does come back to the Council Meeting that the recommendation is to allow memorial trees to be planted across Marrickville LGA & that this is supported by the Marrickville Councillors.
Trees bring people happiness & help with grief, especially as they are symbolic of ongoing life. It would be wonderful if our Council could be a facilitator of healing in the community.
I was travelling up Enmore Road on my way out to dinner last Wednesday night when I saw major work happening to the footpath along the left side of the street. So today I went to have a look & was really happy to see the extensive improvements being created by Marrickville Council.
Council are replacing the footpath & creating new verge gardens along Enmore Road – all the way from Addison Road to Stanmore Road.
All up I counted 30 new verge gardens. Thirty! It’s a big distance & it’s going to be a fabulous improvement to the streetscape.
New street trees will be planted where there are gaps & also in the large section that was just bare concrete.
The streetscape along our main roads gives people an impression of the area, so I am glad this main road is being rejuvenated, as it will benefit many people. This street has lots of pedestrian traffic, so they too will benefit from the shade produced by the street trees. The new works will also benefit the houses along here by raising their property values. There would be few who would sniff at this.
This work gives me hope that gradually all the concrete that was laid in the past decades will be de-paved & replaced with street trees where possible & verge gardens. By doing this Marrickville Council will be helping make our municipality a much more livable place. De-paving will help lower the urban heat island effect, something that will become much more of an issue as climate change causes rising temperatures in our city.
I can’t wait to see the finished product & watch the streetscape improve as the trees & the plants grow. Thank you from me Marrickville Council. This is excellent work.
Marrickville Council has given notice that they intend to remove two street trees in Browns Avenue Enmore.
Tree number 1: Red Ironbark (Eucalyptus sideroxylon) opposite 24 Browns Avenue Enmore. This tree is included in Marrickville Council’s audit list of street trees proposed for removal.
They give the following reasons -
- “Tree has significant borer damage & internal decay.
- Tree is structurally compromised & leans towards private property.”
Council says they will replace with a Rough Barked Apple (Angophora floribunda) during 2013 planting season.
The tree is obviously on its way out.
Tree number 2: a Red Ironbark (Eucalyptus sideroxylon) outside 28 Browns Avenue Enmore. This tree is included in Marrickville Council’s audit list of street trees proposed for removal.
They give the following reasons -
- “Tree has significant borer & mechanical damage to the trunk.
- Tree is structurally compromised.”
Council says they will replace with a Rough Barked Apple (Angophora floribunda) during 2013 planting season.
The tree has obvious damage. The canopy of this tree spills beautifully over the street, so it will be a big loss to the streetscape.
I appreciate that Council used sticky tape instead of nails to fix the notification of removal signs to both trees.
Submissions can be sent to Marrickville Council at email@example.com or phone to speak to the Tree Asset Officer on 8595 2434.
As per Marrickville Council’s new way of working there is no consultation period or invitation for submissions. They say you can telephone the Council’s Tree Asset Officer – 8595 2434 – during normal office hours if you wish to discuss the tree removal. I am against removing the previous system of community consultation. See – http://bit.ly/YiHoHt
At the Council Meeting of the 20th November 2012 Marrickville Council sought permission to chop down 1,590 street trees that were dead, dying or nearing their Safe Useful Life Expectancy as identified by the recently completed Tree Inventory.
Because of the large number of proposed tree removals I am listing the locations of the trees suburb by suburb.
For a background, including a link to a summary of the recently completed Tree Inventory & a list of the –
- 221 street trees up for removal in Dulwich Hill see – http://bit.ly/Ulqmbn
- 56 street trees up for removal in Camperdown see – http://bit.ly/VVVkI2
- 494 street trees up for removal in Marrickville see - http://bit.ly/TO8ecK
- 31 street trees up for removal in Tempe see – http://bit.ly/XQj3xz
- 261 street trees up for removal in Stanmore see – http://bit.ly/SW1DfB
- 179 street trees up for removal in Petersham see – http://bit.ly/VoJLeQ
Most of the trees to be removed in the list supplied by Council are grouped in suburbs, but many others are scattered around the document. I have tried my best to find all the trees & have listed the streets in alphabetical order for easier viewing. Although I have checked, there are bound to be mistakes. The original document can be downloaded here -
For brevity I have not included the species or the height of the trees to be removed. This information, plus more can be found in the above document. I have listed the street, followed by the house number the tree is nearest, finishing with the total number of street trees to be removed from that street in bold. At some addresses, more than one street tree will be removed. These are in brackets.
For the suburb of Enmore the following street trees are proposed for removal –
- Augustus Street: 63 – 1 tree
- Belmore Street: 4 – 1 tree
- Browns Avenue: 24, 28 – 2 trees
- Cambridge Street: 15 – 1 tree
- Charles Street: 36-38 (x 2 trees) – 2 trees
- Edgeware Road: 74, 91, 110-140, 141 – 4 trees
- Enmore Road: 234 -– 1 tree
- Fotheringham Street: 22, 36, 50-52, 65 – 4 trees
- Gladstone Street: 12, 32, 57 – 3 trees
- Harrington Street: 4, 6, 8, 9, 10 (x 3 trees), 12, 23, 24, 29 – 11 trees
- London Street: 38 – 1 tree
- Marion Street: 7, 13, 91 – 3 trees
- Metropolitan Road: 18, 20-22, 23, 60, 188 – 5 trees
- Nicholls Parade: 244 (x 3 trees) – 3 trees
- Short Street: 11, 29 – 2 trees
- Simmons Street: 20, 38A, 61, 76, 88 – 5 trees
- Trafalgar Street: Cnr Gladstone Street, Cnr Liberty Street – 2 trees
- Tupper Street: 29, 39 – 2 trees
- Wymyss Street: 9, 13, 17, 21, 23, 24, 39, 118 – 8 trees
TOTAL: 61 STREET TREES PROPOSED FOR REMOVAL IN ENMORE
I have written about the Phillip & Gladstone Street Pride Group in Enmore before because I love what they are doing. About 3-years ago a couple of residents decided to take their streetscape into their own hands. They did a letter-drop inviting residents of both streets to a meeting & from there the Phillip & Gladstone Street Pride Group was born.
Working with Marrickville Council the group have managed to have a number of new trees planted as well as concrete & bitumen removed to create verge gardens. They meet monthly to clean litter from the street & plant their verge gardens.
The Phillip & Gladstone Street Pride Group has been a great success. There has been great improvements made to the streetscape because of their effort & it will look very different once the street trees have grown. There has also been the added benefit of residents getting to know each other & forming friendships.
Marrickville Council has made a video of the group’s work as part of their Groundwork & Target Sustainability initiatives. In this video local resident Jeremy Mah talks about the group, how it was formed & shares what has worked for them. Jeremy is quite motivating so hopefully, other community groups will also form as a result of this. It helps when you know that you will likely receive support from Council & that others have done it & it has worked.
You can watch the video here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_LOsw906ds&feature=plcp
You can read the background of this group here – http://bit.ly/PIwixI
There has been some great collaborative work done between Marrickville Council & local community group The Phillip & Gladstone Street Pride Group. Marrickville Council has, on the request of the group, created 12 new tree pits & verge gardens on Phillip & Gladstone Streets in Enmore. Apparently there was a lot of concrete & rubble once the surface of bitumen had been removed & some of the pits needed quite a lot of work to clear them.
Council had originally planned to plant Water Gums along here, but apparently don’t have any in stock so may be planting Banksias. The decision isn’t final as the residents have asked for Blueberry Ash trees to be planted instead.
Apart from the 12 new verge gardens Marrickville Council has extended a number of other verges, including those around the 3 trees next to the new mural on the Alfalfa House building. The Phillip & Gladstone Street Pride Group will manage these as well as the other verge gardens.
Council is also contacting Railcorp on behalf of the group to request that a structure to create a green wall be allowed to be installed along the awful brick wall that runs along the railway line. If Railcorp say yes, & I can’t see why they shouldn’t as any structure would not damage their wall, then it will do much to make this area look softer & green. The wall is painted an ugly brown & is a magnet for taggers.
City of Sydney Council have many green walls along rail lines & along major roads showing that they are easy to install & grow well with out the need for much maintenance. A green wall is something the group could maintain quite easily, especially with soft vines & it would make a tremendous & positive difference to the streetscape benefiting the local community. It would be a good advertisement for Railcorp’s relations with the community as well.
The owner of the unit block on the corner of Phillip & Charles Street met with the group & kindly agreed to remove the concrete on the Phillips Street side of the building. The group has already planted out this garden & intends to remove the graffiti tagging on the wall as well.
Council helped further by creating a verge garden outside this building on Phillip Street & will plant a street tree. This will in time soften the building, which is a prominent feature in the street. Both the trees & the gardens will benefit the owner by increasing the value of his property.
Last week the Phillip & Gladstone Street Pride Group contacted me with very good news – Marrickville Council awarded them a grant of $500 to help pay for the plants for their verge gardens.
Congratulations to the residents who have worked hard here & thanks to Marrickville Council for supporting such a great community initiative with money, machinery, advice, new trees & new verge gardens. Hopefully the positive collaboration between residents & Marrickville Council will encourage other such groups to get established across Marrickville LGA.
Today Marrickville Council put up the ‘notice of removal’ for the Tulip tree at Enmore Park again. Though both notifications say the deadline for submissions is Friday 3rd June 2011, on their web page they say the deadline is now Friday 10th June 2011. As all the details are identical, I presume Council has extended the deadline 1 week. See – http://savingourtrees.wordpress.com/2011/05/26/tree-removal-enmore-park/