Leafed Peppermint outside 28 Ruby Street Marrickville

Leaning Small-Leafed Peppermint outside 28 Ruby Street Marrickville

The tree is leaning on the property fence.

The tree is leaning on the property fence.

Tree number 1:  Marrickville Council has given notification of their intention to remove a Small-Leafed Peppermint (Eucalyptus nicholii) outside 28 Ruby Street, Marrickville.

They give the following reasons for removal –

  • “The tree is unsustainable in its planting location.
  • The tree is leaning over private property and over footpath, causing pedestrians to step onto roadway to get past.
  • The tree poses an unacceptable level of risk to the public and property.”

Council says they will replace with a Black Tea-Tree (Melaleuca bracteata) as part of the 2016 Street Tree Planting Program.

The tree allows a 1.8cm (6 feet) man to walk under, but it is a bit of a squeeze. Of most concern to me is that a major branch is leaning on the property fence & will in time bring the fence down.

Planted as a shrub or a small tree growing to 5-10 metres tall, the Black Tea-Tree is an Australian native that likes to grow along waterways.  It produces small white flowers in spring & summer, which are bird-attracting.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 14th August 2015.

Tree number 2:   Council also gave notification to remove a Red lronbark (Eucalyptus sideroxylon) opposite 1 Smidmore Street Marrickville.  I could not find this tree, so perhaps it has been removed.

Council gave the following reasons for removal –

  • “Tree is in decline.
  • Extensive decay and deadwood which cannot be mitigated by pruning.
  • The tree in its present condition presents an unacceptable risk to the public and property.”

They say they will replace with a Spotted gum (Corymbia maculata) to be planted in the 2016 Planting Program.

I love that a Spotted gum will be planted. This Australian native tree provides much benefit to wildlife & is a beautiful tree to look at.   Clusters of small white flowers that produce lots of nectar make this tree an important food source for birds & flying foxes, plus a range of nectar-eating insects. Bees love the flowers too. Flowering happens in autumn, but often not every year. This is a great tree to support local biodiversity.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 14th August 2015.

Showing a mature Spotted gum also in Smidmore Street.  The tree does not lean as it shows in the photo.  Marrickville Metro shopping centre is much nicer because of the lovely street trees that surround its perimeter.

Showing a mature Spotted gum also in Smidmore Street – not the tree to be removed.  The tree does not lean as it shows in the photo. Marrickville Metro shopping centre is much nicer destination  because of the lovely street trees that surround it.

These street trees in Beauchamp Street Marrickville must have been under 5-metres as Marrickville Council does not notify of removal when 5 metres or less.

These street trees in Beauchamp Street Marrickville must have been under 5-metres as Marrickville Council does not notify of removal when the tree is 5-metres or less.  It would be reasonable to ask – why were three trees in a row chopped down?

 

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