Extreme borer damage in street tree outside 80 Victoria Street Lewisham.

What I would consider extreme borer damage in street tree outside 80 Victoria Street Lewisham.  Much of the trunk is in this condition.

Just over a week ago I received an email from a local resident.  She has given me permission to share her email here.

“I just read your blog about the removal of the Day Street tree – without any consultation – if initiated by Councillors. The ‘loophole’ that the usual block has voted for is clearly concerning, even disturbing.

I’m emailing you though about another street tree in Victoria Street, Lewisham – outside No 80 & also No 78.

The tree is indeed very sick & slowly dying having come under borer attack & the one next to it is already dead due to the spread of the borers.  They are not the usual borers I’m told  – but what is startling is that I have never seen such significant & obvious damage before in a street tree – for example – the borer holes on exiting are about the size of a 10 cent piece & sap is pouring out of the tree with one of the branches already experiencing dieback.  The one next to it is also dead.  It is truly worth seeing the damage & ring barking by the borers of the tree if you are in the area & time permits.

Paradoxically, attempts by other residents to have Council do something about –

a) the potential spread of the borer attack/s 

b) and to seek the removal of the two trees & their replacements reported to Council more than a month ago now have been met so far with little concern or activity.

Meanwhile, the councillors have decided that public consultation is no longer required to remove a healthy tree but preventative action/removal to ensure the health of remaining street trees is given a low priority?  Just crazy!”

So this afternoon, we went over to Victoria Street to have a look at the trees.

The tree outside 78 is small (under 5-metres) & quite dead.  It is also riddled with borer holes.

The tree outside 80 is quite a tall tree & currently in flower.  This tree is also riddled with borer holes from the ground right up into a side branch that is about 2-metres above the ground.  Despite being in flower, it is a very sick tree & I would have thought it would have fit the criteria for urgent removal.   I wouldn’t like this tree to fall on someone & can well understand why residents contacted Marrickville Council about it.   What we all do not understand is why some five weeks after the community contacted Council to tell them about their condition these trees have not been removed .

A post I wrote last February 2013 about the proposed trees listed for removal in Lewisham showed that two trees were up for removal in Victoria Street.  They were outside number 80  & 42.   See – http://bit.ly/UHQxy4

When Council want to, they remove a tree within hours.  Other times they are not even interested in consulting with the community about tree removal, even healthy trees.  The Tree Inventory, completed in November 2012, recommended the tree outside number 80 for removal & again residents requested its removal around 5-weeks ago.  Once again I feel obliged to say that Marrickville Council’s inconsistencies about public trees are astounding.

The arrows point to borer affected street trees in Victoria Street Lewisham.  On the left is no 80, with no 78 on the right.

The arrows point to borer affected street trees in Victoria Street Lewisham. On the left is no 80, with no 78 on the right.

Visible damage in the branches above my head.

Visible damage in the branches 

The borer damage to the tree outside no 78.

The borer damage to the tree outside no 78.  Borers move on, so it won’t be long before damage is visible in other trees in this area.  

 

 

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