The orange area shows where the tree was stripped of dark rough bark.  Poor tree has hundreds of chips into its bark as a result.  The Princes Highway is at the top of the street.

The orange area shows where the tree was stripped of dark rough bark. The poor tree has hundreds of chips into its bark as a result. The Princes Highway is at the top of the street.

Last month a lovely Gum tree in Park Road Tempe had all of its bark deliberately chipped off by a man who, when questioned by irate residents, said the tree had cancer.  Whether this is what he actually believed or whether he was just trying to fob them off, who knows.  The residents were very upset & I am told that both Council & the police were informed.

Local residents had nurtured this tree over the past couple of decades.  They planted other trees to help block dust & the noise of trains & traffic of nearby Princes Highway.

Tree knowledgeable friends have said there is a good chance the tree will survive, despite what it has suffered.  I hope they are right. If it doesn’t, I hope Marrickville Council will replace this tree with something that has the potential to reach the same height & is as beneficial to wildlife.  I know the community would appreciate this as well.

It is a beautiful tree of considerable height. The goods train line is behind the green wall.

It is a beautiful tree of considerable height. The goods train line is behind the green wall.

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