Part of the canopy of this Deciduous fig tree.  I think it is glorious.

Part of the canopy of this Deciduous fig tree. I think it is glorious.

Marrickville Council has, for the first time as far as I am aware, used cables & braces to stabilize a tree, rather than chop it down.

Showing the stainless steel bolt of the cabling system.

Showing the stainless steel bolt of the cabling system.

The tree is a 100-year-plus Deciduous fig (Ficus superba var henneana) that lives in the lovely Camperdown Park. It is a magnificent tree & totally worth the money & effort that has been put into retaining it.  I applaud Marrickville Council for taking this management approach.

Council’s sign below the tree says it is one of only a handful known to exist in Sydney.  

The tree has a visible crack in the base of the trunk. The trunk has been braced & has a measuring gauge that I assume will allow Council to monitor the crack to see if it is growing wider. The brace will fortify the stem & should prevent further splitting.

Showing the split in the trunk & the device that will  monitor any further splitting.

Showing the split in the trunk & the device that will monitor any further splitting.  Let’s hope the vandals leave it alone.

A number of stainless steel cables have been drilled through some larger branches & fixed with stainless steel bolts. These cables alleviate stress by supporting the heavy branches, especially during high winds.

The following is a 3-minute video explaining cabling & bracing, which is a common management intervention to save risky trees. The only difference is that with this tree, Council drilled right through the branches & attached with a stainless steel bolt, but the principles are the same.   See – http://bit.ly/1Dgl0q7

One view of the magnificent Deciduous fig tree in Camperdown Oval

One view of the magnificent Deciduous fig tree in Camperdown Oval

Another view.

Another view of this very special tree.

A number of branches have been removed to reduce the weight of the canopy & cables have been attached to branches to relieve stress on the tree.

A number of branches have been removed to reduce the weight of the canopy & cables have been attached to branches to relieve stress on the tree.

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