In 2010 Marrickville Council intended to remove four mature street trees in Ivanhoe Street Marrickville. The trees were Snow in Summer (Melaleuca linarifolia). All were healthy & a significant feature of the street. Planted close to the kerb, they had started to push out the sandstone blocks, affecting the straight line of the gutter.
Council removed one of the trees, but thankfully chose to retain the remaining three trees by attaching a barrier along the kerb . This was the first time they had tried such an intervention. The first material they used was too thin & buckled. The second material choice was successful & is still working successfully today.
On the weekend I saw that Council have used the same intervention for a large tree on the corner of Riverview Crescent & Beauchamp Streets Marrickville. This is fantastic work by Marrickville Council. A mature tree has a much more valuable than a sandstone or concrete kerb. It made me very happy to see this.