This tree really wanted to live.

This tree really wanted to live, which is a good thing because it is very beautiful.

In August 2012 I came across a traffic island in Arthur Street Marrickville where I found a street tree living in what I thought were appalling conditions.  A large traffic island had been covered with bitumen & much of this had formed a collar up one side of the tree’s trunk as it had grown.  I thought at the time what a wasted opportunity for a verge garden & wondered at the miracle of the tree’s survival as it was very healthy.

Last Sunday I cycled past this tree & to my delight saw that Marrickville Council has started to depave this traffic island.  They have already removed the bitumen & there is only the layer of gravel to go.   I am pretty sure they will be creating a verge garden here as they would have only removed some of the bitumen around the tree if they didn’t plan for anything more.

Because of the shape of the traffic island & that it is on the corner of Arthur & Ann Streets, it will be visible from quite a distance & therefore benefit the streetscape of two streets.  Of course there are the benefits of less heat & more green, plus help with stormwater if this island is made into a verge garden.  I will keep a check on the progress & post again when the work has been completed.

Before - photo taken August 2012

Before depaving.  Photo taken August 2012

After depaving.  The tree would have enjoyed all this rain.  You can see how visible this traffic island is to the section of Arthur Street to Illawarra Road.

After depaving. The tree would have enjoyed all this recent rain. You can see how visible this traffic island is to the section of Arthur Street to Illawarra Road.

The traffic island is also visible to Ann Street. A verge garden here will improve the streetscape.

The traffic island is also visible to Ann Street. A verge garden here will improve the streetscape.

 

 

 

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