Saved!  This tree will have a brace or cables attached to the two large branches

Saved! This tree will have a brace or cables attached to the two large branches

Yesterday I met again the Marrickville Council staff member regarding the Fig trees in Enmore Park up for removal & I was told of the following happy news –

Tree number 7:  T218 on the map, a Port Jackson Fig located at the southern entrance of Enmore Park just inside the stone arch near the corner of Enmore & Victoria Roads.    I had met with a Marrickville Council staff member in Enmore Park on the 15th November 2013 to discuss the trees up for removal.  During that meeting the staff member said they would contract a consultant to see if bracing this particular tree will remove any chance of it falling, but in fairness, I could not write about this until I heard the decision.  I am happy to say that the answer is yes.  This magnificent Fig with its glorious wide canopy will now be retained & cables or bracing attached to each fork to prevent any risk to the community.  This is a terrific outcome as the tree is healthy, has good growth & is laden with fruit.  It is one of two Fig trees the line the entrance pathway into Enmore Park.

Tree number 8:  T221 on map – also a Port Jackson Fig located at the southern entrance of Enmore Park just inside the stone arch near the corner of Enmore & Victoria Roads.  Yesterday I was told that Council will give this tree another 12-months.  They will remove the grass, fertilize & lay mulch. They will also do some reduction pruning.  With luck, all this care should have a good result & the community will get to keep this gorgeous heritage Fig tree.

This means of the six old Fig trees to be removed, two have been given a reprieve, the trunks of two trees that are removed will go to re-vegetation sites somewhere in the municipality to provide habitat for wildlife & one will likely become public art, also to be displayed somewhere in the municipality.  Only one will become woodchip.  I think this is a great outcome.

I thank Marrickville Council for going that extra mile to allow both these grand trees to be retained.  I sincerely believe that there will be many in the community who will be very happy that these trees will not be lost to Enmore Park – yet.  These trees are very valuable because they are large old & beautiful & an important link to the area’s history.  Lets’ hope they both respond well to TLC.

You can read the original post about the removals here – http://bit.ly/19LIErT  & last week’s meeting here – http://bit.ly/1d8vUnh

Showing more of the canopy of the tree that will be braced.

Showing more of the canopy of the tree that will be braced.

This Fig will  be given lots of care & hopefully it will spring back.  Both these Figs make a wonderful entrance to Enmore Park.  Another Fig tree will be planted nearby as a replacement tree.

This Fig will be given lots of care & hopefully it will spring back. Both these Figs make a wonderful entrance to Enmore Park. 

 

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