These lovely trees are landmark trees in Marrickville. That they are Camphor laurels is not a  problem as there are so many hard surfaces & they are not spreading to nearby bushland.  They are a problem in rural areas though.

These are landmark trees in Marrickville. That they are Camphor laurels is not a problem as there are so many hard surfaces & they are not spreading to nearby bushland. Camphor laurel trees are a problem in rural areas though.

There is a line of mature Camphor laurel trees that are a landmark as you drive down Livingstone Road towards Marrickville Road.  The trees are the largest around & with a distinctive light green canopy cascading over Livingstone Road, are visible for many blocks.  I have loved these trees for years.

In 2012 the house, a lovely two-storey building with it’s own historic characteristics on the corner of Hastings Street, was put up for sale.  The first thought I had was that I hoped the new owner didn’t remove the trees.  Well, the new owner did not & even went a step further by building a new front fence that accommodated the trees without pruning or changing them in any way.

It is a beautiful job & shows that with a bit of creativity, a good-looking fence can still be built, even with large tree trunks in the way.   Unlike other jobs I have seen in the area, no roots were cut either.

Thank you to Marrickville Historical Society for alerting me to the new fence.  I was glad to know that I was not alone in my appreciation of these trees.  Thank you also to the owner whose trees provide significant beauty to Marrickville.  Let’s hope these trees remain part of the Marrickville landscape for many decades to come.

Looking at the size of the trees from Hastings Street.

Looking at the size of the trees from Hastings Street.

The new fence has been creatively built to accomodate the tree trunk without damaging the tree.  They also don't seem to be worried about cracked concrete which is wonderful.

The new fence has been creatively built to accommodate the tree trunk without damaging the tree. They also don’t seem to be worried about cracked concrete which is wonderful.

The second tree with the fence built around it.  I think this is wonderful work.

The second tree with the fence built around it. I think this is wonderful work & very respectful towards the trees.  The photos don’t show, but it is great that Marrickville Council have not concreted right to the fence for the footpath.   Instead they have left a long strip uncovered that allows the trees to get water as needed.  Pedestrians are unaffected as the footpath size is more than adequate.

 

 

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