For many decades this view was green & lush with many large trees intermingled with the historic buildings.  With wide footpaths & no overhead powerlines it seems a perfect place for street trees.

For many decades this view was green & lush with many large trees intermingled with the historic buildings.  With an extra-wide footpath & no overhead powerlines it seems a perfect place for street trees.

31 large mature trees were removed from the front of the St Vincent’s de Paul complex in West Street Lewisham in early 2011.  The removal of these trees also took away the appearance of a beautiful avenue of trees along this section of West Street, something that was really appreciated by the community.

So on a recent visit to Petersham Park I was surprised to see that Marrickville Council had replaced a long section of the concrete footpath outside St Vincent’s de Paul failing to include a single street tree.

The footpath area outside the St Vincent’s de Paul complex is very wide & has no overhead powerlines.  There is no building close to the road. There appears to be no obstacles of any kind – just wide open sky.  It appears to be perfect for street trees & frankly they are needed along here being a busy road within a stones throw of even busier Parramatta Road.

How can the urban forest increase if every opportunity to plant trees is not taken?  Many Australian Councils have a 3:1 or 4:1 policy. That is, for every tree that is removed, 3 or 4 trees are to be planted to not only replace the original tree loss, but to also increase the urban forest.

It is very disappointing that concrete is enough for Council when they appear to have had a wonderful opportunity to restore beauty on this side of West Street.

New concrete, but no street trees.

New concrete, but no street trees.  Petersham Park is across the road.

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