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Tree works (19-29 June 2019)

Over the next two weeks the Centennial Parklands’ Arboriculture team will be removing the below trees from around Centennial Park for safety reasons.

 

Tree: Ficus rubiginosa, Port Jackson Fig

  • Location: Frog Hollow
  • Reason for Removal: This trees’ sapwood (outer cambial layers) have been compromised over the years due to mechanical damage and decay, which has affected the trees ability to grow new wood in response to fungal infestation. The tree has become structurally unsound and susceptible to root or basal failure.
  • Date of Removal: Wednesday 19 June 2019 from 7.00 am
  • Tree Replacement Options: This tree will be replaced soon after its removal with another fig tree, of the same species or of a similar umbrageous habit. It has not been planted already as there is limited room on this lawn and the spacing of the new tree in the same location is critical.
 

Tree: Ficus macrophylla, Moreton Bay fig tree

  • Location: Frog Hollow
  • Reason for Removal: This tree has been in a state of terminal decline for several years. Due to various stress-causing factors, the tree has entered a mortality spiral and its health will not improve. Several attempts to nurse it back to health have been attempted over the past few years, such as soil applications and retrenchment pruning without much success.
  • Date of Removal: Friday 21 June 2019 from 7.00 am
  • Tree Replacement Options: This tree will be replaced soon after its removal with another fig tree, of the same species or of a similar umbrageous habit. It has not been planted already as there is limited room on this lawn and the spacing of the new tree in the same location is critical.
 

Tree: Ficus rubiginosa, Port Jackson fig

  • Location: Jervois Avenue, Centennial Park
  • Reason for Removal: This tree has been in a state of terminal decline for several years. Due to various stress-causing factors, the tree has entered a mortality spiral and its health will not improve.
  • Date of Removal: Tuesday 25 June 2019 from 7.00 am
  • Tree Replacement Options: This tree will be replaced in the coming years as young trees become available from specially grown stock at one of our contracted tree nurseries, as part of our Grand Drive Succession Planting Program. Many of the trees along Grand Drive and neighbouring roads have come to the end of their useful life as amenity trees and will be replaced with young trees of the same species to re-establish the iconic avenues and rows as available light and space becomes available. Although this tree does not make up one of Grand Drives original plantings, it will be included as part of this replacement program.
 

Tree: Melaleuca quinquenervia, Broad-leaved paperbark

  • Location: Busby’s Pond Inlet, near Robertson Road Gates, Centennial Park
  • Reason for Removal: This tree has been in a state of terminal decline for several years. Due to various stress-causing factors, the tree has entered a mortality spiral and its health will not improve. This species is particularly susceptible to drought stress and its decline has accelerated in recent months.
  • Date of Removal: Tuesday 25 June 2019 from 10.00 am
  • Tree Replacement Options: The space in which the tree was growing is now occupied by a neighbouring tree and will not be replaced in the exact location as the additional space will allow the other trees to spread their branches.
 

Tree: Pinus pinaster, Maritime Pine

  • Location: Southwest Paddock, behind Learner’s Cycle Track, Centennial Park
  • Reason for Removal: This tree is dead. It has died recently from a variety of stressful conditions, such as the drought. This pine species is particularly susceptible to the very dry conditions
  • Date of Removal: Thursday 27 June 2019 from 7.00 am
  • Tree Replacement Options: The space in which the tree was growing has been used to stock pile and compost leaf mulch for many years. The surrounding areas make up our Wild Outer Park and consist of re-establishing and sustaining our endemic plant community of Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub.
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