Any beauty or habitat gone.

Any beauty or habitat gone.                                                 Photo by Emily Valentine with thanks.

Nothing left on either side of Rowswell Park

Nothing left on either side of Rowswell Park.                    Photo by Emily Valentine with thanks. 

I received an email from WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information Rescue & Education Service) who were greatly concerned about the recent pruning of hedging in Rowswell Park in St Peters by Marrickville Council.

The hedging runs along the side of the fencing in this small park & as such offers habitat & safe refuge for birds & small animals & a way for them to cross the park safely.  The hedging also adds beauty for people to enjoy.

WIRES called this destructive & I agree.  One would wonder why the hedge needed to be pruned back so severely.  They have asked readers of this site to contact Council & ask that they do not remove habitat to such a degree.

A couple of years ago I made a short video of this park & even then the hedge was pruned to just trunks, though not stumps as was done recently.  See –  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiLNDRVZW54

There have been two other severe pruning events in Marrickville in recent months – one on the bushpocket site on Victoria Road Marrickville that can never return to the beauty it once was & another, in Meeks Road also a bushpocket site, where Council replanted the site.

Maybe these shrubs will grow back.  In the meantime there is the loss of beauty for people & loss of habitat for wildlife.  There has got to be a better way.

Google image of Rowswell Park that clearly shows the hedges on either side of the park

Google image of Rowswell Park that clearly shows the hedges on either side of the park

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