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Showing the row of palm trees opposite the pool.  Note the gum tree closest to the right. Is this another indication that the palms will be removed?  I love gum trees, but once they drop a branch, many in the community demand the offending tree be removed because they are seen as dangerous.

Showing one of the paths being worked on.

Inner West Council has given notice of their intention to remove 5 “small trees adjacent to paths to be reconstructed this financial year.”

They gave the following reasons –

  • “The two figs are in very poor condition & have not improved over the last ten years.
  • The two water gums are impacted with the pathway reconstruction & widening.
  • The palm tree in the central rondel to allow for a larger canopy tree to be planted & enhance the views along the path axes.”

They say they will replace these trees this year between April to June 2018 with-

  • 1 × Ficus rubiginosa (1000L)
  • 1 × Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Rotundiloba’ (300L)
  • 1 × Eucalyptus pilularis (75L)
  • 1 × Ficus macrophylla (100L)

I went to have a look at the trees a couple of weekends ago & as far as I could make out, they had all been removed.  The areas where work was happening had been fenced off with cyclone fencing & shade cloth making it hard to see what was happening. The only tree I could identify with confidence was the palm in the central rondel & that had already been removed.

Prior to amalgamation Marrickville Council used to give 3-weeks for community consultation concerning tree removal.  I suspect now the new Inner West Council puts up notification as they start work or very close to the commencement of work.  I am not sure yet.  Certainly, the way they now do community consultation has changed.  They no longer give a period of notification with a deadline to contact the Council.

Two trees are being removed to widen the path.  I do not know whether the trees were located on one side of the path or one tree on each side.  Council does not say where all, but one tree is located.

It is worth thinking that all the paths have been like they were in 1943.  See an aerial map of Enmore Park taken in 1943 on Marrickville Heritage Society’s blog.  See – https://bit.ly/2rwAczp,   Why does Council need to widen the paths that have been this way for at least more than 7 decades?   The paths are certainly wide enough to give equal access.

The last time Council removed trees in Enmore Park was in October 2013 where they removed 15 trees, most of them old Moreton Bay & Port Jackson Fig trees.   See – https://bit.ly/2rvDNh0

One big Fig was removed from the corner of Llewellyn Street & Enmore Road & its trunk is still rotting slowly away in Steel Park Marrickville South.  If I am correct & the two Fig trees to be removed are in the same location, it will mean the corner will be bare indeed.

I have reservations about removing very old heritage trees even if they are in poor condition.  My reasons are that trees can be helped to recover, whereas our public trees do not get much help in terms of nutrients.  They get by with whatever rainfall they can get & nothing else.

Enmore Park is heritage-listed.  It was the first park to be established in Marrickville municipality, opening in two sections in May 1886 & on October 1893.  The Fig trees were likely planted at this time & therefore are heritage items too.

I think efforts could have been made to take care of them.  However, if Council has been making efforts to improve their health by providing them with water & nutrients, then I will retract these comments & admit my error.

Looking at fig trees in Petersham Park I can see the some are in declining health, but these trees still stand proud & everyone who sees them loves them.  I suspect it is the same for the Fig trees in Enmore Park as well.

I felt sad to see the big healthy palm tree in the central rondel had been removed for what appears to be Council’s design preference & not because the tree was sick, dangerous or inappropriate for the location.

To me removing this tree does not make sense considering this tree matched all the other palm trees that run both side of the pathway from Enmore Road to the central rondel & then only on one side due to the building of the pool, which resulted in a loss of more than 50 trees.  If you look down this row of trees, they take your eye onwards up Addison Road.

To replace with a “larger canopy tree”interrupts these two rows of palm trees, which are a strong feature of this park.  I hope the removal of this central palm does not indicate a future plan to remove all the palms.

Lastly Council removing 5 trees & replacing with only 4 trees is very disappointing.

Central rondel with stump of palm tree

Showing the central rondel without the palm tree and the row of palm trees that take the eye to Addison Road.

 

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Such a shame as it has vigorous growth & is covered in fruit.

Such a shame as it has vigorous growth & is covered in fruit.

Marrickville Council has given notice that they intend to remove a Port Jackson Fig (Ficus rubiginosa) inside Enmore Park at Victoria Road frontage.

Council gives the following reasons for removal –

  • “Tree has extensive internal decay.
  • Subsidence split to a major limb.
  • Tree failed a Resistograph test (over 70% internal decay)
  • Two independent Arborist reports recommend removal.
  • Tree poses a risk to public safety.
  • High target area.”

Council says they will replace with another Port Jackson Fig, but not when they will do this.

This tree was on the original list for removal, but Council decided to investigate to see if it was suitable for bracing.  Then the decay was discovered.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 14th March 2014.   I will not be putting in a submission.

closer look

closer look

Brand new advanced Fig tree near the southern entrance planted in an empty space of lawn.

Brand new advanced Fig tree near the southern entrance planted in an empty space of lawn.

Two Booyong trees that will grow into landmarks

Two new trees that will grow into landmarks 

Marrickville Council’s upgrade of Enmore Park in Marrickville is complete & it does look very good.  Fifteen trees were on the removal list because they were either underperforming or had become a risk.  Unfortunately four of the trees were very old Port Jackson Fig trees.  It is great to see that two of the trees earmarked for removal have stayed.  One will be banded & the other had a reduction prune & some TLC with the hope that it will respond.

The trunks of the Fig trees that had hollows have been placed on the Cooks River side of Mahoney Reserve to provide habitat for wildlife as they slowly decay fertilizing the ground as they do.  They look interesting & can be seen from the shared pathway across the river, as well as in Mahoney Reserve.

Council planned to plant sixteen new trees.  I did not count them, but it is obvious that there are plenty of new trees in the park.

The size of the new trees is excellent.  They are all advanced plantings of between about 4.5-metres to 6-metres high.  Not only does this look impressive, but it will also radically reduce chances of vandalism & increase the chance of their survival.

Council staff told me that they now source trees from a different supplier & that the trees are of excellent stock.  It certainly looks like it.   Many of the trees needed removal because they were poor stock, so this is money now well spent.

Council planned to replace the trees with –

  • Port Jackson Fig (Fifcus rubiginose) x 3 trees.
  • Moreton Bay Fig (Ficus macrophylla) x 2 trees.
  • Pin Oak (Quercus palustris) x 2 trees
  • Smooth-bark Kauri (Agathis robusta) x 3 trees
  • Chinese Elm (Ulmus Parvifolia ‘Todd’) x 3 trees
  • Black Booyong (Argyrodendron actinophyllum) x 2 trees
  • Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimisifolia) x 1 tree

Also visually impressive is that all the grass that once grew up to the trunks of the trees in the park has been removed & now each tree is surrounded by woodchip mulch.  This will protect the trunks from mechanical damage by mowers & whipper-snippers as has happened in the past. The mulch will also feed the trees, help retain water moisture levels & keep the roots cool.

Some trees have a small circle of mulch around them, while others, particularly around the perimeter, are surrounded by a landscape of mulch.  This defines the areas around trees & helps prevent compaction.

I am not sure, but it looks like one area on the Black Street side of the park has had the ground raised & covered with mulch.  This has the effect of buffering the playground.  It may have always been raised in this section, but this is the first time I observed this.

There are also two areas where grass is being regrown & Council has planted native grasses on the outside of the south entrance.  There were also four new Banksias just inside the entrance.

I think Marrickville Council has done a great job with Enmore Park.  The new trees should make a positive difference, especially as the Kauri & Black Booyong will grow very tall & should become landmark trees in the area.   As Enmore Park is the municipality’s oldest park, it is great to see some special tree species planted.  The rest of the trees will benefit from the mulch, which looks quite attractive.  The park looks cared for now.

This area has many old Fig trees & has been an area of dry compacted dirt for as long as I can remember.  The mulch will help these trees significantly.

This area has many old Fig trees & has been an area of dry compacted dirt for as long as I can remember. The mulch will help these trees significantly.  You can see more mulch around the other Figs in the background.

Another area that was compacted dry dirt & is now an area that will protect the tree roots.

Another area that was compacted dry dirt is now an area that will protect the tree roots.

New advanced Fig to replace the large Fig tree on the Victoria Road side of the park.

New advanced Fig to replace the large Fig tree on the Victoria Road side of the park.

Jacaranda - advanced planting

Jacaranda – advanced planting

Perfect protected place to grow a tree.  I think the inner circle of plants is new.

Perfect protected place to grow a tree. I think the inner circle of plants is new.

New

New & advanced.

Another new tree in a protected area.

Another new tree in a protected area.

It doesn't look much in the photo, but mulching & planting of grasses & Banskias here at the southern entrance has made quite a difference.  It should look great when they all grow.

It doesn’t look much in the photo, but mulching & planting of grasses & Banskias here at the southern entrance has made quite a difference. It should look great when they all grow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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