There is no amenity left in this street tree in Warren Road.

There is no amenity left in this street tree in Warren Road.

Another street thee in Warren Road

Another street tree in Warren Road decimated

The top half of Warren Road, Roach Street & Wrights Avenue Marrickville was the focus of street tree pruning by power company Ausgrid yesterday.  I took these photos at dusk today.

I find it a shame that Ausgrid prunes in this manner because it does appear extreme & often the trees they leave us with have little amenity or beauty left.   Our streetscapes are starting to look very bad & this loss of canopy already has a negative impact on wildlife.  Since the latest round of pruning, we have lost birds in my street because of the loss of food for them.

However, I think the real focus should be on our own Council who chose to plant trees that they knew will grow well into, as well as above the powerlines & therefore, would need pruning by Ausgrid.  It’s like setting the trees & the streetscape up for failure. 

The look for a few years in many sections is saplings that eventually grow into young trees, some faster than others.  Once they reach a certain height the streetscape becomes a line of hacked lob-sided trees with barely any canopy.  It is this look we live with for many years until Council takes them out & starts again.  Currently, it costs $1,000 to plant a new tree. Removing trees is not cheap either.

I call this section of Warren Road ‘Tuckeroo Central’ as they are the dominant street tree.   Tuckeroos (Cupaniopsis anacardioides) are a hardy drought & pollution resistant tree that copes with a range of soils, which is why many councils use them – some would say to excess.  The Tuckeroo has non-invasive roots making it an attractive choice as a street tree.  It reaches a height of between 8-15 metres making it unsuitable for planting under powerlines in my opinion.

When planted as a feature tree, it can look fabulous, especially if the council has left the side branches, as it can grow a thick wide round canopy.  There are excellent examples in Paddington, but they don’t mind big street trees in that suburb.

The Red Ash (Alphitonia excelsa) on the left in Roach Street is a short-lived (less than 15 years) tree that can reach a height of 7–35 metres by 5–10 metres.

The Red Ash (Alphitonia excelsa) on the left in Roach Street is a short-lived tree (less than 15 years) that can reach a height of 7–35 metres by 5–10 metres.  Even 7-metres is too tall for under power lines.

Three Tuckeroos in  Wrights Avenue

Three Tuckeroos in Wrights Avenue

This is  Wrights Avenue with Tuckeroos on both sides.  It gives an indication of how tall the trees can reach, though the trees on the left are not fully grown yet.  The trees on the right were pruned yesterday.

This is Wrights Avenue with Tuckeroos on both sides. It gives an indication of how tall the trees can reach, though the trees on the left are not fully grown yet. The trees on the right were pruned yesterday.

 

 

 

 

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