This used to be a wave of green that added much beauty to the streetscape here. No longer.  Now it's like a gash on the landscape.

This used to be a wave of green that added much beauty to the streetscape here. Now it’s like a gash on the landscape.

Last week at the public meeting concerning the Victoria Road Bushpocket site a resident said that – if he were paranoid, he would think Council do not want Bushpockets.

In this area of Victoria & Meeks Road there are four Bushpockets –

  • one along the rail line in Meeks Road (destroyed by accident & replaced last year),
  • one with a bioswale at the bottom of Victoria Road (the swale was destroyed for a cycleway last month),
  • a triangular section next to the houses on Victoria Road &
  • one of around 30-metres that faces Victoria Road to the corner of Meeks Road.  This was savagely pruned sometime last year.  I did not write about it because Marrickville Council sent an apologetic email to the Bushpocket volunteers.  Today I see that this site has again been pruned & what is left behind is again, frankly, an unattractive mess.

Out of the four Bushpockets, three of them have been either totally or partially destroyed by Marrickville Council.  Feeling paranoid about the motives that lead to such results is almost inevitable.

Sometimes heavy pruning of natives can be a good thing as it can encourage thicker growth, but not with these plants.  Their foliage is on the outside of the shrub.  If you do anything other than tip-pruning, you expose the inside of the shrub & they remain in this form & condition until you do something that changes their shape again.

Where there were once native shrubs that cascaded over an unseen wooden boundary fence to the side of the road, the site was left last year with a view of bare inner branches & the wooden barrier fence, plus the mounting litter & weeds.  Now it has been pruned again, this time 30-cms or so behind the fence as if the shrubs were somehow dangerous.  This ugly outcome is extremely disappointing.

These shrubs are a third of the size of what they used to be.

These shrubs are a third of the size of what they used to be.

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