Marrickville Council has given notice of their intention to remove a Small-leafed Peppermint (Eucalyptus nicholii) outside 4 Harrington Street Enmore.
They give the following reasons for removal –
- “Subject tree is in severe decline, with several internal defects.
- Identified for removal under Street Tree Inventory 2012.
- Tree in its current condition poses an unacceptable risk to the public, property and infrastructure.”
Council says they will replace with a Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia) in the 2016 Planting Program.
I had a look at the tree, but as the problems are internal, I could not see anything wrong.
There have been quite a few Small Leafed Peppermint trees removed throughout Marrickville LGA since Saving Our Trees started. Decades ago some forward-thinking Tree Manager had many of them planted throughout the municipality & the community has enjoyed these trees. So have the wildlife because they are great food & habitat trees. Unfortunately, many of this species seem to be coming to the end of their lives & need to be removed.
Researching the Small Leafed Peppermint I found that this tree is ‘Listed as Vulnerable’ by the Department of the Environment. See – http://bit.ly/1EcnCJc
This makes me wonder why Marrickville Council would not replace each Small Leafed Peppermint tree with another of the same species instead of replacing with an exotic species like the Jacaranda. As pretty as the Jacaranda tree is, it cannot serve anywhere near the same environmental function to support wildlife as an Australian native tree that is listed as vulnerable. Small Leafed Peppermint trees have performed well as street trees in Marrickville municipality for decades.
The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 25th August 2015.