The red dot indicates the Fig tree that was removed yesterday

The red dot indicates the Fig tree that was removed yesterday

Gone.  A pair of Magpies surveyed the damage & possibly the loss of their home.  At least there are other trees in the park for them to move to, not like the thousands of birds who are about to lose their homes when all the trees are removed at Marrickville Town Hall.   Photo by Kiki Isidorou with thanks.

Gone. A pair of Magpies surveyed the damage & possibly the loss of their home. At least there are other trees in the park for them to move to, not like the thousands of birds who are about to lose their homes when all the trees are removed at Marrickville Town Hall.                                         Photo by Kiki Isidorou with thanks.

Yesterday the beautiful Port Jackson Fig at the southern entrance of Enmore Park was chopped down marking the end of the planned removal of 15 trees in Enmore Park & also an important part of Marrickville’s history.

Council says they replaced these trees with –

  • Port Jackson Fig (Fifcus rubiginose) x 3 trees.
  • Moreton Bay Fig (Ficus macrophylla) x 2 trees.
  • Pin Oak (Quercus palustris) x 2 trees
  • Smooth-bark Kauri (Agathis robusta) x 3 trees
  • Chinese Elm (Ulmus Parvifolia ‘Todd’) x 3 trees
  • Black Booyong (Argyrodendron actinophyllum) x 2 trees
  • Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimisifolia) x 1 tree

Marrickville Council left the following comment on Facebook.  I have not edited it.  –

“It pained us to have to remove this tree, but unfortunately it just could not be saved.

The tree (a Port Jackson Fig) had major internal decay which was identified by a ‘resitograph’ test, along with a few other issues. Council explored alternative options to removal which included the use of a restraint system (ie a specially designed cable system to help support it), this option however was not supported by several independent arborist engaged by council and was recommended for removal based on the unacceptable level of risk to the public.

The tree will be replaced in few months with a hand picked super advanced (500l container size) fig tree if  the same species.”

Sad photo & the presence of the Magpies makes it all the more poignant.  Photo by Kiki Isidorou with many thanks.

Sad photo & the presence of the Magpies makes it all the more poignant.       Photo by Kiki Isidorou with many thanks.

The tree had vigorous growth & was covered in fruit.

The tree had vigorous growth & was covered in fruit.

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