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When in Petersham Park recently to see the Coral tree up for removal I saw a couple of very old Post Jackson Fig trees in a very sorry state. The one that really concerns me has visible areas of boring insect damage in a couple of its branches with two areas of fungus growing.
In my experience the presence of fungal fruiting bodies of any kind means that Council removes the tree.
I looked up the Petersham Park Masterplan & these trees were not listed for removal. I also looked at the list of proposed trees for removal in Petersham & no trees in any Petersham park were included.
I am not even sure whether Council had any park trees included in the recent Tree Inventory. I hope they were assessed & that this information becomes available to the community.
The Fig trees in Petersham Park, unlike those in Enmore Park, are not included in Marrickville Council’s list of heritage trees. In my eyes this is a shame as Petersham Park is recognised as an historic park, the trees are old & surely there would be some that could fit the criteria for heritage protection.
Looking at the borer damage, rot & fungus on this tree I wondered what, if anything, Marrickville Council was doing for this tree. It doesn’t require a qualification in tree management to see that removing the affected branches would 1. remove any danger of these branches falling, 2. remove the areas of possible infestation & possibly catch the rot & borers before they infect the rest of the tree, particularly the trunk, 3. help the tree.
It may be that the rot has affected the trunk – or it may be that just a couple of branches are affected. Council won’t know until they have the tree professionally assessed. Surely intervention by a Veteran Tree Specialist is better than doing nothing until the tree is so far gone that it needs to be removed.
Maybe they have, though when I last spoke to one of Council’s Tree Managers, he said something along the line of – Council doesn’t have the time to give this kind of care to trees.
This tree reminds me of the boring insects that are working their way along many of the trees alongside the Cooks River. When one Poplar dropped a branch a couple of years ago because of boring insect damage, the branch was removed, but nothing was done to help the tree. The remainder of the branch has been left as a jagged mess when it could have been pruned to minimize the risk of decay agents & remaining boring insects entering the wound & the trunk.
I guess it depends on how important mature & old trees are considered. Three of the heritage listed Canary Island palms along Carrington Road in Marrickville South have died in the last 3-years. You could see them struggle during the long drought. The grand Hill’s Figs one block up that were once a major beauty in the area have had the roadside branches removed over the last 2-3 years leaving lob-sided trees with ‘risky’ epicormic growth. Too late now for the aerial bundled cabling used to remove the need for such radical pruning.
The Hill’s Fig trees in Renwick Street just around the corner are also struggling, but has anything been done to help these trees? Instead it looks like a couple of Lilly Pillies have been planted for succession planting. Two to three years ago these Figs were in peak condition.
Does it matter? I think it does. The community generally loves older, or big or historic trees. They link us to our past. They act as landmarks. They are often awe-inspiring & they are often beautiful. Even when they are not as beautiful as they once were, they still attract our attention & often our admiration.
Of course there are those who don’t even really notice trees, see them as pests & would not understand how one could find a tree awe-inspiring, but there are plenty who feel like I do. I’ve noticed that as the community changes in our municipality there are more people who think like me.
Trees can make a neighbourhood. They can be fantastic or they can barely make an impact on the streetscape. I know that many in the community consider all the trees that I have mentioned as special. It would be a crying shame to ignore them until it is too late.
I love Aerial Bundled Cable & wish it were the norm since we cannot have electricity cables buried underground. For pruning street trees Ausgrid says, – “In residential areas the vegetation safety clearance is typically 1.5 metres around bare, low voltage overhead wires & two metres around power poles. However, the safety clearance depends on the voltage of the overhead wire – the higher the voltage the larger the clearance.”
They say the following about Aerial Bundled Cable - “Councils are offered the option of installing Aerial Bundled Cable (ABC) which wraps the four Iow voltage overhead wires, strung between poles along suburban streets, into one single insulated cable. The safety clearances required for ABC are less than for uninsulated wire. Trees that have already been trimmed for uninsulated wire clearances will take some time to regrow to the ABC safety clearances. ABC also reduces the likelihood of a power interruption, which can occur when uninsulated lines touch and then short-circuit. In some instances, this can cause live wires to fall to the ground.” http://bit.ly/VtJF5V
Marrickville Council have done the community a big & costly favour paying Ausgrid to install Aerial Bundled Cable for a Hill’s Fig located near the corner of Warren & Carrington Roads Marrickville South. This is one of 14 Hill’s Fig trees that have graced this area between & including Warren Road, Carrington Road & Renwick Street for decades. They are landmark trees & are very much loved.
In my opinion the Fig tree in Warren Road has always looked the best of all these Fig trees – until recently that is. To install Aerial Bundled Cable through this particular Fig tree Ausgrid has removed around a third of the canopy. One can only assume they did this to ensure that they don’t need to come back for a while.
How can installing Aerial Bundled Cable require more of the canopy to be removed than the ordinary pruning they do for powerlines? I thought Aerial Bundled Cable was designed to actually save the tree’s canopy.
In this case it appears that 3 large branches have been removed making the tree into a v-shape. It was upsetting to see & as is the case with pruning to this degree, the tree will never look the same again. Yet another tree asset has been degraded.
I will look for, then post other examples around Sydney where Aerial Bundled Cable has been used on trees of equivalent size to show that pruning in this case was extreme.
Last July 2012 I wrote about the destruction of the magnificent canopy of the Fig trees along the promenade at Tempe Reserve. See – http://bit.ly/NcYfJd
Since they were radically pruned I’ve watched three of the Fig trees deteriorate dramatically. Now this could be normal. It could be temporary. Regardless, the condition of these trees is of great concern to me. One thing I do know is that trees get sunburn when they lose all their leaves & this can result in further problems & even death.
People have told me that my photos of the Fig trees in the July post did not show the full extent of how much beauty was removed by the pruning of these trees. I hope the photos with this post show clearly that these trees are in serious trouble, especially with the high 30s temperatures we have been having & summer hasn’t even started. I just wish they had been left alone. I am not the only person upset & disappointed with what has happened to the trees along here.
A couple of weekends ago I was taken to see work being done around a street tree in Warburton Street Marrickville. Prior to this a number of people had alerted me to what Marrickville Council is doing here. I was very pleased to see such interest in the welfare of a street tree & to know that I am not alone in seeing these particular trees as special in the area.
Warburton Street has two very large Fig trees planted in the road with angle parking between them. I highly doubt trees like these would be planted these days. They provide much shade & beauty & are visible from busy Illawarra Road, which is severely lacking in green.
Both trees are unusual in that they have been provided with quite substantial protection from cars with a largish area given to them & surrounded by an attractive small brick boundary. This could be old as it reminds me of the brick kerbs in some streets of Tempe.
Marrickville Council removed the brickwork that surrounded one of the trees & replaced it, laying new bitumen around this & on the footpath adjacent to the tree. What excited people is that Council have created a new space for a verge garden where a large root intrudes onto the footpath. This is excellent as some Councils have been known to shave off ground-level roots from Fig trees.
The footpath is wide enough for a verge garden & will look much nicer for having one. The important root is allowed to remain & the tree will not be damaged, made unstable or put under any undue stress.
I visited again today & the root had been covered in fresh soil. Shade-loving plants have been planted both in the space around the tree & in the verge garden. Thank you to Marrickville Council for your work to preserve this wonderful tree. There are many in the community who are really happy about this.
Once upon a time there was a Fig tree that lived in a park. It grew in the prime position on the point & overlooked the river. It was a special Fig tree because over many years it grew into a great big green leafy bowl.
The tree was famous in the area. Everyone loved the Fig tree that was like a bowl. People would part the branches & walk inside the canopy & marvel. Many said it reminded them of a green cathedral.
They would put down picnic blankets in the soft natural mulch, eat lunch, read books in the dappled sunlight & watch the river. Some even had a nap. It was a place of stillness – dappled light stillness, except when the birds came to chirp & fight among themselves.
Under the canopy, inside the bowl, you were protected from the sun & the rain, as well as much of the wind. Some said they could happily live inside the tree’s canopy for a while.
Kids used to play inside the leafy bowl. You would often hear shrieks of delight before a child came running out, just to zoom back in again.
No-one except the older locals knows how old the Fig tree is, or how long it has looked like a bowl. This tree has not changed since I have known it, except to grow taller – a Fig tree like none that I have ever seen before.
Then Marrickville Council came & for whatever must-have-been-a-really-good-and-professional-reason, cut three big doors into the canopy.
Some in the community felt incredibly sad knowing that the special Fig tree that looked like a big leafy bowl would never look like this again. I don’t know what to say when they ask me why Council did this & why now, after so many years of the tree looking like a green leafy bowl. I don’t know how to respond when they say Council destroys good things, yet does nothing about the important things, like the plastic bottles in the river. Nor do I know how to help them with their anger because I feel angry too.
Last week Marrickville Council pruned & destroyed the special beauty of the line of Fig trees along the promenade on the other side of Tempe Reserve. See – http://bit.ly/NcYfJd This week they pruned this Fig tree at the point of Tempe Reserve. The Ring of Figs in the centre of the park might be next. They will likely be transformed into stalks with a pompom on top.
You can watch a short video of the Fig tree that looked like a bowl before Marrickville Council visited here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIB4A8fDJgw
The row of Fig trees on the boat harbour side of Tempe Reserve has always been an absolute favourite of mine for a number of reasons. A row of mature Fig trees beside the water is always a good thing. The trees created a fabulous & quite impressive entrance into the park. The trees are healthy too & produce stacks of fruit for birds & flying foxes, but the main reason why I loved these particular trees so much was that most of them had a natural shape.
Public trees with side branches are not so common in Marrickville LGA. I presume that for public liability reasons Council formative prunes most of the public trees. Unlike other Councils, they appear not to like street trees to cascade over the road, except in a few isolated occasions. Most of our public trees are pruned to have upward reaching branches.
The Fig trees in this section of Tempe Reserve used to have branches that cascaded downwards with some touching the ground. Bench seats had been skillfully placed so you could sit in the shade of branches that were a few feet in front of you & above your head allowing you to watch the lovely view of the boats while sitting in the shade. Other benches had full sun, so you always had a choice.
Not only was it extremely picturesque, but also the branches provided much needed shade as well as a break from the wind, which can be punishing in this park.
A large group of older locals, both men & women, come every day to sit, chat & feed the birds in the shade & the protection of the Fig trees here. They come all year round, except when the rain is too heavy. They never use the picnic kiosk area & when I asked why, they said it was too windy, too busy, too loud & too dirty. Here on the Fig tree walk as I call it, you have a great view, protection from the elements & most importantly, peace.
If you were quiet & looked carefully, you could often find shy White-Faced Herons under the Fig trees searching for food among the vast areas of woodchip. You had to look because they are experts at hiding among the low branches & would dissolve into the speckled shadows if they even thought you were looking at them. I’ve stood here unaware of two herons until they were pointed out to me. What I saw was glimpses of grey stepping behind a branch & as I moved trying to get a better look & perhaps a photo, the herons moved around the branch remaining pretty much unseen.
No more dear herons & so sorry to the older people because this area has been changed forever & not for the better.
Marrickville Council chopped off all the cascading branches of the Fig trees so that what is left is a wind tunnel where one can see from one end of Fig tree walk to the other, with the prominent orange lids of the garbage bins on full view.
No more sitting on a secluded bench because there is no more seclusion.
No more shade unless the sun is in the right position & certainly no more herons quietly dipping in & out of the shadows. I could have cried.
Last week I needed to travel to Erskineville. While I was there I discovered Green Bans Park & what a lovely park it is. It’s actually 2 parks, smallish spaces across the road from each other.
A bit of history – “In 1996 ownership of the land was transferred to the former South Sydney Council following a campaign by local residents, unions & Council to have the land, which had previously been earmarked for development dedicated as public open space.” http://bit.ly/K4wJdT
City of Sydney Council has created something quite lovely here. Green Bans Park has many features that I think make it a great park.
HEDGES – The park perimeter along Erskineville Road not only looks great, but it also blocks out some of the traffic noise & the visual impact of the traffic. As this is a high traffic thoroughfare, not being able to see the traffic immediately allows one to feel that they are somewhere peaceful. Not the same for green space like Enmore Park, Marrickville Park & Wicks Park. In all these parks & others like them with a clear sightline from road to road, I never get to feel that I am away from the traffic. I can see it, hear it & often I can smell it.
Hedges are also good for wildlife, especially insects & small birds. If they are food-producing hedges, even the better for wildlife. They not only block traffic, they also serve as a windbreak allowing the park to be a pleasant place on windy days. Try Tempe Reserve if you want to experience a park where there are few windbreaks. It can be miserable even when the sun is shining, that is, unless you like the wind as I know some do.
One final thing about hedges is that a large & long block of living green colour is good to look at & has a positive impact on our subconscious. “Green is very calming, balancing, healing, relaxing, & tranquil. It represents growth, vitality, abundance, & nature. Green stimulates possibility & is very inspiring.” http://bit.ly/tmrjiH
To be surrounded by a green hedge has got to be better that looking through the park at traffic whizzing past & houses, shops & signs.
TREES & SHADE – I counted 65 trees in this relatively small park & as I was leaving saw others that I hadn’t noticed. Trees were varied & tall. No 5-metre trees in this park, unless they are growing. This provides for trees to be visible on the skyline instead of roofs, which helps green up the local area. Many of the trees are grouped together giving the feeling of a forest. Trees are also used to very good effect to block & screen the railway line. There are trees in the middle of the park, not just around the perimeter. The trees are useful habitat & provide food for wildlife.
There is no need for shadecloth over the children’s play area because the trees provide natural shade. This makes the environment much nicer in my opinion. Natural shade is cooler on hot days, provides a dappled effect that again is calming & allows the breeze to flow.
A Fig has been planted at a corner, that will in time, grow to become a feature tree with branches cascading over Erskinville Road, offering shade & beauty & softening the landscape. We need this kind of addition to our municipality on as many corners as is possible to soften the landscape, add beauty & cool us down.
One big beautiful healthy Fig decades old stands as the crown jewel. The City of Sydney Council has allowed it to grow aerial roots that work to prevent heavy branches falling. These aerial roots actually make the base of the tree wider as it literally spreads to match its growing canopy. This makes for a beautiful & visually interesting high-impact tree & it really is the main feature of the park. That it has survived this long on a small street is wonderful.
The Council has planned for the Fig tree’s health by rounding the kerb around its roots & importantly, not shaving them off at ground level like some Councils do to remove trip hazards. Problem is they do this to Fig trees in parks, even if the Fig is a fair distance from the pedestrian pathway. Above ground Fig tree roots are not only of vital importance to the health & stability of the tree, but they are of immense beauty & interest. It is very sad to see them shaved off & looks like butchering. The ground around the Fig tree in Green Bans Park is permeable, even that which is beyond the footpath. This tree doesn’t have to struggle for water when it rains.
SEATING – There is lots of seating in Green Bans Park on both sides. There are park benches, plus interesting long curved benches that promote group get-togethers & little one-person stools. There is seating in the sun & in the shade catering to all needs. Benches are mounted on a concrete base that is covered in old bricks. This causes them to blend in rather than the usual stark white-grey of a concrete slab that gradually becomes darker & filthy.
LANDSCAPING – I didn’t notice woodchip in this park. Instead I saw leaf litter, which made it nice to walk through the play area. I actually like the sound of walking on leaves. Leaf litter was also in the landscaped areas, deep enough to be able to cool the roots of the plants & prevent weed growth. It looks nicer than woodchips.
Unlike the beds of woodchip with the odd plant, as is a feature in many of our parks, Green Bans Park has significant landscaping. An under-storey of plants is grouped & follows the line of Eucalypt trees. Elsewhere garden beds full of plants, some flowering, follow the perimeter & serve to block sight of the railway line. Also along the railway line fence is shrubs & smaller trees. Until a train goes past you are not aware of the railway line because you can’t see it. The garden beds look well kept & pretty.
There are a couple of largish lawn spaces where games like touch footie could be played or people could lie in the sun if they wanted to. While I was there, everyone was sitting somewhere in the shade.
SIGNAGE – One sign that I love warns that this is Magpie nesting area so to be aware during the 6-weeks of August/September when the chicks are in the nest. Such a small consolation for a big gain because there is nothing like Magpie song to make you feel happy. It’s nice to see the wildlife acknowledged too.
The park is not full of signs. I don’t know if you have noticed that all the green spaces across Marrickville LGA have signs. There is the sign to say the name of the park, signs to say what you can’t do in the park, signs to say this is a walk wise park, signs to say – no alcohol. Soon there will be signs to say – no smoking. Most of the signs are repeated in other areas or entrances to the parks. Someone or many people are systematically going around & spraying all Marrickville Council’s signs in parks with either a tag or a squiggle – a message that I read as, ‘stuff your signs.’
Green Bans Park has a good-looking sign against a house wall with a map of the park. It provides information with a few dos & don’ts & it has Braille for the blind. The sign also tells you that City of Sydney values your feedback & provides a 24-hour phone number that you can call if there is litter to be removed or something is broken for example.
The other signs are hand-painted tiles that are mounted into the brick fence at the main entry points. These colourful signs are quite beautiful & they tell the history of the park. They add art to the landscaping, rather than being an assault on the eyes.
LITTER & GRAFFITI – There is an important lesson here…. provide something that is beautiful, useful & maintained & the incidence of graffiti & littering reduces markedly. Studies have shown that people are less likely to graffiti areas that have many trees & are well maintained. I saw 2 pieces of litter & 2 tags in the whole park. Pity though, that the tags were on the trunk of the beautiful Fig tree.
SAFETY – Paths curve through the centre of each side of the park. Even with hedges, garden beds & trees in the centre of the park, there is high visibility.
DOGS – There is off-leash areas for dogs to play.
I made a short video of Green Bans Park here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjcSmm5Royk
After 21-months of lobbying by Marrickville Council & the community, the Planning Assessment Commission has approved the expansion of Marrickville Metro.
I was primarily concerned with the trees on site. I am pleased that the Marrickville Metro will still retain its green leafy outlook, which is vastly different from the original designs released to the public. I am pleased there is restrictions on how much canopy pruning can be done on the Eucalypts along Smidmore Street. I am very pleased that the trenching to ascertain where the roots of all the Fig trees go, including the heritage veteran Fig tree outside the Mill House now has whole lot of restrictions & precautions to adhere to. I hope Marrickville Metro decide to use radar to check the roots of the Figs instead of digging as it is totally unnecessary, especially for the heritage veteran Fig tree outside the Mill House. I also hope they spend money on employing a Veteran Tree Specialist Arborist for any work with this tree. At around 152-years-old it is one of the very special historic trees for both Marrickville LGA & Sydney.
For the trees of Marrickville Metro this is overall a good result & a better outcome than I expected. Thank you to the Planning Assessment Commission & Marrickville Council who negotiated issues with Marrickville Metro raised by the community members & others who addressed the panel at the Planning Assessment Commission meeting last February 2012. Thank you also to everyone who wrote a submission about the planned expansion & included the trees as an issue of concern.
Community group Metro Watch fought much of the plans surrounding the expansion. To read their response, see – www.metrowatch.com.au
I include all that concerned the trees from both the final documents from the Planning Assessment Commission below for those who are interested.
“Several mature trees surround the shopping centre, which significantly enhance the character of the area. Concern has been raised with regard to any removal & pruning. This matter was discussed with the Proponent & Marrickville Council which both cross-checked recommended conditions & trees specified in D29, & verified their consistency with the Arboricultural Report. Conditions D29 & D31 have been strengthened in response to comments from both parties, including specifying a range of minimally-invasive root exploratory & trenching measures & resultant pruning/construction methods.
D29 Approval is given for the following works to be undertaken to trees on the site, as identified in ‘Appendix 3 – Site Survey’ in the Arboricultural Impact Assessment Report prepared by Integrated Vegetation Management (Report No. MA/ME/AIARTPS/E dated 2 November 2010): Approved Works,
- removal of the following trees: Nettle tree number 37 (this tree was removed in 2011).
- Hills Weeping Figs number 48, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 67
- 7 Wattle trees
- selective branch pruning of Hills Weeping Figs number 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11,12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17,18
- canopy pruning of Lemon-scented Gums number 75, 76, 77, 78, 80, 81, 82, 84 &
- canopy pruning of Gum trees number 9, 83.” There has been no change to which trees to be removed & pruned.
- “if necessary to accommodate the approved building works shall be undertaken by an experienced & qualified Arborist. This qualified Arborist shall also verify the tree(s) have been correctly identified prior to the arboricultural works described in Condition D29 being carried out. For the purpose of this condition a suitably experienced & qualified professional shall hold: minimum qualification equivalent (using the Australian Qualification Framework) of NSW TAFE Certificate Level 3 or above in Arboriculture, a NSW TAFE Tree Surgery Certificate or its recognised equivalent, a minimum of 3 years experience in practical Arboriculture including demonstrated experience in tree surgery.
- Pruning is limited to those branches of trees that will come into direct contact with the built structure.
- Where a tree’s canopy or root system has developed across property boundaries, consent to undertake works on the tree does not permit a person acting on the consent to trespass on adjacent lands. Where access to adjacent land is required to carry out approved tree works, Council advises that the owner of a tree must be notified. Notification is the responsibility of the person acting on the consent. Should the tree owner/s refuse access to their land, the person acting on the consent shall meet the requirements of the Access to Neighbouring Lands Act 2000 to gain access.”
- “Structures are proposed within Tree Protection Zones (TPZ), as identified in the recommendations of the Arboricultural Impact Assessment Report prepared by Integrated Vegetation Management (Report No. MA/ME/AIARTPS/E dated 2 November 2010),
- The identified location & distribution of the roots shall be carried out through non-destructive investigation, being either through pneumatic, hydraulic, hand digging or ground penetrating radar means. This exploration shall determine the presence & extent of root spread & any tree sensitive construction techniques & material which should be used for construction in these areas. Any recommendations shall be implemented during construction.
- A qualified Arborist (refer to description for minimum qualifications in D29) shall determine if root pruning can be undertaken without impacting the stability or long term viability of the tree(s).
- Excavations within the TPZ shall be undertaken by hand trenching/hydro vacuum excavation methods to minimize damage to tree roots.
- Where the qualified Arborist deems root pruning to be acceptable, this work shall be carried by the qualified Arborist & pruned roots shall be cleanly severed with sharp pruning implements to ensure a smooth wound face, free from tears.
- Severance of structural roots (>25mmø) within the Structural Root Zone shall be avoided as it may lead to tree destablisation.
- The exposed roots & excavation face shall be protected from direct sunlight, drying out & extremes of temperature by covering with a 10mm thick jute mat that is kept damp at all times.
- Where roots cannot be pruned tree sensitive construction methods will be required.
- All root pruning shall be approved & verified by a qualified Arborist.
- Council approval is required for any additional pruning or tree removals other than set out in Condition D29.”
Other points –
- “Tree protection management measure for all protected & retained trees.
- D27 No activities, storage or disposal of materials shall take place beneath the canopy of any tree protected under Council’s Tree Preservation Order at any time.
- D28 All trees to be retained shall be protected in accordance with the Tree Protection
- Removal or pruning of any other tree on the site shall be the subject of approval by Council.
- D30 Selective branch & canopy pruning of the trees listed in Condition D29 if necessary to accommodate the approved building works shall be undertaken by an experienced and qualified Arborist, …including demonstrated experience in tree surgery. Pruning is limited to those branches of trees that will come into direct contact with the built structure.
- Where a tree’s canopy or root system has developed across property boundaries, consent to undertake works on the tree does not permit a person acting on the consent to trespass on adjacent lands. Where access to adjacent land is required to carry out approved tree works, Council advises that the owner of a tree must be notified. Notification is the responsibility of the person acting on the consent. Should the tree owner/s refuse access to their land, the person acting on the consent shall meet the requirements of the Access to Neighbouring Lands Act 2000 to gain access.
- D32 Internal diagnostic testing shall be undertaken on Trees 20, 25 and 29 to determine the presence and extent of any decay in these trees. Recommendations should be made to maximize the retention potential of these trees. No approval to remove these trees is granted by this approval. (These are the Camphor laurel & heritage Veteran Fig outside & around the Mill House).
- D33 The removal of trees listed in Condition D32 from Council’s nature strip shall be undertaken at no cost to Council by an experienced tree removal contractor/arborist holding public liability insurance amounting to a minimum cover of $10,000,000. Following removal of trees from Council’s nature strip, the area shall be rehabilitated to the satisfaction of Council’s Development Engineer at no cost to Council.
- D34 The canopy replenishment trees to be planted within the site shall be maintained in a healthy & vigorous condition until they attain a height of 5 metres whereby they will be protected by Council’s Tree Preservation Order.
- Any of the trees found faulty, damaged, dying or dead shall be replaced with the same species.” http://www.pac.nsw.gov.au/tabid/60/ctl/viewreview/mid/376/pac/172/view/readonly/myctl/rev/Default.aspx
I have decided to add another topic to this blog – ‘Postcard from elsewhere.’
Often enough people tell me about a street or park tree or something similar either in Australia or overseas that they think would interest me. Sometimes I’ve been lucky enough to be shown a photo. I thought it would be nice to have a section where a photo or two of really unusual trees or localities could be posted here. If information can be found out about the tree or location, I will write about it, kind of like the recent post on The Roof Gardens in London.
Verge gardens, green roofs, green walls & any other urban environmental initiative interests me. There is a lot happening out there that challenges the local paradigm & your photo may inspire others, including Marrickville Council to do something similar.
So if you find yourself on the streets of Paris looking at an old street tree that has a branch being held up by a pole, in the Sahara Desert beside the only tree for hundreds of kilometers or in Kakadu looking at a truly amazing tree & you think you would like to share here, email me a photo with some brief information. You also need to tell me whether you want me to credit you as the photographer or if you want to remain anonymous.
I’ll start Postcard from Elsewhere off with a photo of a gorgeous old tree in Brisbane’s Old Botanical Gardens taken by Bob Corbett who said, “Some city councils like to chop down trees, others like to support them… Just saying.”
Brisbane City Council has protected a very long branch by supporting it with two purpose-made structures & surrounding it with a non-intrusive fence. It proves that branches from old trees do not need to be removed. It’s entirely a matter of choice by the Council. Brisbane City Council did something fabulous here & with a side-growing branch no less.
Before: 46 second video of the Laman Street Fig trees as they were in August 2011. – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0l57fGFB7s
After: 50 second video taken on 8th February 2012 showing Laman Street after 14 mature Hill’s Fig trees were felled. – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MIBgTLpZZo&feature=youtu.be