Such a shame to lose this magnificent tree.  There are two others close by.  This will be replaced with a Jacaranda.

Such a shame to lose this magnificent tree. There are two others close by. This will be replaced with an ornamental Jacaranda, which means less food for wildlife.

Showing the branch failures.

Showing the branch failures.

Tree number 1: a Red Ironbark (Eucalyptus sideroxylon) outside 26 Morton Avenue Lewisham.

They give the following reasons for removal –

  • “This tree has experienced multiple branch failures (2 first order branches and 2 second order branches, followed by one third order branch).
  • Risk mitigation options such as pruning are likely to have a detrimental effect on the tree.
  • The tree in its present state poses an unacceptable level of risk to the public and property.”

Council says they will replace this tree with a Jacaranda mimosifolia during the 2015 planting season.

The deadline for submissions was Friday 12th December 2014.

Three comments were left on my Facebook page about this particluar tree removal –

  1. “Why would they take away an Ironbark for a jacaranda!  A new home the mynas whilst the natives move on.
  2. This is pure ignorance.   A flowering ironbark like this would be well known to all the blossom migrants (for generations) who move through the area.   Your local council is simply ripping food from the mouths of so many creatures and the shelter for just as many more.

  3. and denying a generation their shade.”

Tree number 2: Lemon scented gum (Corymbia citriodora) outside 15 Old Canterbury Road Lewisham.

They give the following reasons for removal –

  • “The tree has a long history of branch failure, including three branches within the last 8 months.
  • Weight reduction pruning previously undertaken as risk mitigation has been unsuccessful in reducing risk- any further pruning is likely to have a detrimental affect on the tree.
  • The tree poses an unacceptable level of risk to the public and property.
  • Large amount of epicormic growth indicating the tree is in a state of stress.”

Council says they will replace this tree with a Spotted Gum (Corymbia maculata) during the 2015 planting season.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 22nd December 2014.  

Lemon scented gum - a magnificent tree.  It is a shame to lose it.

Lemon scented gum – a magnificent tree. It is a shame to lose it.

Showing the epicormic growth

Showing the epicormic growth

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