Tree number 1:

Almost gone so I couldn’t get a photo of the fruiting bodies

Marrickville Council has given notice of an urgent tree removal – 1 Wallangarra White Gum (Eucalyptus scoparia) outside 21 MacArthur Parade, Dulwich Hill.

Council gives the following reasons for removal –

  • “Tree assessment has identified severe stem decay with associated fungal fruiting bodies between branch unions at 5 metres above ground. This presents an unacceptable hazard to the public & property.
  • As a result of the hazardous nature of this tree, priority removal works is being scheduled.”

Council say they intend to plant a replacement Wallangarra White Gum (Eucalyptus scoparia) in the 2012-2013 annual tree planting program.

Trees number 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9:

Council has given notice that they intend to remove 4 × Golden Robinia (Robinia pseudoacacia “Frisia”) & 4 × Tulipwood (Harpullia pendula) at the Dulwich Hill Shopping strip in Marrickville Road Dulwich Hill.

Council gives the following reasons for removal –

  • “they are under-performing & in poor overall condition;
  • improvement works to the streetscape will establish a consistent avenue of tree species to increase the landscape amenity value of the area; &
  • 2 trees located adjacent to pedestrian crossings are required to be removed to improve pedestrian safety.”

I have no idea why the street trees beside the pedestrian crossings need to be removed & how this would improve pedestrian safety.  All the research I have read says that street trees calm traffic & slow cars down.

The trees will be removed within 2-4 weeks.  Council says they will replace these 8 trees with 7 × super advanced trees immediately following the tree removal works.  It’s a shame they can’t match 8 for 8.

I think this is a great decision to replace these trees as they look awful & are definitely underperforming.  Much of the streetscape along the Dulwich Hill shopping strip on Marrickville Road looks great with tallish green leafy trees & landscaping.

Two of the street trees in Dulwich Hill shopping strip will be removed to improve pedestrian safety.

The trees & landscaping at the corner of Marrickville Road & Seaview Street looks great. Hopefully, Council can create this leafy look throughout the whole shopping strip.