Newly planted street tree in Sabastapol Street vandalised.

Newly planted street tree in Sabastapol Street vandalised.

Someone was determined to destroy this street tree in Newington Road.

Someone was determined to destroy this street tree in Newington Road.

A really good job.

A really good job.

Disappointing to see more tree vandalism happening in Marrickville, but great to see that Marrickville Council has put up a sign on a street tree in Sabastapol Street calling it for what it is – tree vandalism.

Another street tree has been vandalised in Newington Road.

There has been gradual vandalism of two street trees on Victoria Road Marrickville, opposite Calvert Street. I’ve watched with interest over the last year or so how these trees have had branches repeatedly snapped off.

Finally the tree vandal decided enough was enough. No more pretending & so one of the trees is totally destroyed. Unfortunately the other tree victim had managed to grow taller, so destroying this one would have been a bit harder.  Maybe it will be attacked next month.

Just across the road in Calvert Street is a fantastic example of a tree vandal armed with hand-saw. Every branch has been sawn off. I scraped the bark & the tree is very green & alive. Such a crying shame as a tree of 3-years has been destroyed.

Calvert Street itself has been an epicenter of tree vandalism much to the dismay of a number of residents. Council planted 23 street trees along Calvert Street in 2012, yet a number were destroyed within a few short months. Council again replanted. I will go & count the surviving trees soon. It will be interesting to see how many remain.

At $1,000 per street tree planting, tree vandalism is costly to the community. Destroying a street tree also robs the community of the beauty, amenity, shade, pollution uptake, oxygen & cooling effects the tree would have provided as it matured.

As far as I am concerned, every tree in Marrickville LGA impacts on my quality of life, as it does on the life of every other resident. A street tree does not have to be directly outside my house to improve my life. As I drive, ride or walk around the municipality I am affected by how the streets look. If the streets are bare, full of hard surfaces, weeds, litter etc, this impacts on all of us.

However, leafy green streets make everyone feel better, even if they are not consciously aware of this. There have been numerous research studies that show this to be true. People feel richer, happier & healthier when the streets are green & leafy.

A study released in 2015 of 31,000 residents of Toronto, Canada, found that people who lived in areas with higher street tree density had a far better perception of their own health. There was less reported mental illnesses, obesity, hypertension & other cardio-metabolic conditions compared with residents living in areas with fewer trees. See – http://www.nature.com/articles/srep11610

They also felt $10,000 richer when there were lots of street trees.

“We find that having 10 more trees in a city block, on average, improves health perception in ways comparable to an increase in annual personal income of $10,000 and moving to a neighborhood with $10,000 higher median income or being 7 years younger. We also find that having 11 more trees in a city block, on average, decreases cardio-metabolic conditions in ways comparable to an increase in annual personal income of $20,000 and moving to a neighborhood with $20,000 higher median income or being 1.4 years younger.”

The benefits of more trees were observed for areas within a radius of 5-kms, meaning the street trees in Camperdown, still has an impact on a resident who lives in Marrickville for example. So every time someone vandalises a street tree, the whole community is impacted.

Three-year-old street tree vandalised in Calvert Street.  Makes the street tree look so attractive.

Three-year-old street tree vandalised in Calvert Street. Makes the street look so attractive.

Showing that the tree in Calvert Street is still alive.

Showing that the tree in Calvert Street is still alive.

This tree on Victoria Road opposite Calvert Street has been vandalised a number of times.  It persists in growing.

This tree on Victoria Road opposite Calvert Street has been vandalised a number of times. It persists in growing.

The tree next to the tree above in Victoria Road has been finished for good.  4am secateur job maybe?

The tree next to the tree above in Victoria Road has been finished for good. A 4am secateur job maybe?

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