Thanks to the local resident who kindly supplied all the photos of this glorious Gum tree that "will probably have to go."

Thank you to the local resident who kindly supplied all the photos in this post of this glorious Gum tree that “will probably have to go.”

I received an email with photos today from a local resident who, when walking along Victoria Road Marrickville, saw Council workers spraying red paint along a fence near a street tree.

“I spoke with the person from Council.  He said the roots are a problem with the wall & there is a crack in the driveway & “it [the tree] will probably have to go.”    There didn’t appear to be any pavement damage.  Can’t they just fix the ancillary problems without cutting down the tree?   It appears very healthy & the biggest of many the same on this street.  I’m hoping there will be consultation & community consensus before such a drastic measure is taken.”

Another view showing the surrounding concrete.

Another view showing the surrounding concrete.

There is nothing about this tree on Marrickville Council’s website so we are probably a bit early.

I haven’t seen the tree myself yet, but the photos are pretty clear that it is one of the great Gum trees in this street.  The damage to private property needs to be significant to warrant taking out such a beautiful & beneficial tree.

The recent heatwave is an indication of what we can look forward to with a changing climate.  Climate scientists say we should expect many more days & longer periods of extreme heat like what we experienced recently.  Even now it is hard to find shade walking along many of our streets.

With 98 street trees to be removed soon & a further 1,492 street trees up for removal after that before Council starts on the ‘over mature’ trees, our urban forest is being hit hard.  Councillors can call it renewal instead of removal, but saplings do not make an urban forest.

Friday 7th December 2012 – Good news to report.  Clr Phillips wrote on FaceBook today –

“Council staff informed me:  A request for removal of the street tree has been refused, however Council is arranging for removal of a small section of concrete footpath to check whether tree roots are damaging the adjoining fence.  There is currently no intention to remove the tree.”  Excellent.

Another view.

Another view.

Kerb-side view

Kerb-side view

The fence & the red markings sprayed by Council workers.

The fence & the red markings sprayed by Council workers.

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