A number of large trees will be removed in Centennial Park, that have been assessed by arborists as terminal, in the coming weeks to improve safety for park visitors.
There will be some impacts to the Parklands in relation to access and noise and these are detailed for each removal below:
Removal of Port Jackson figs on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 October 2021
Two Port Jackson fig trees in Centennial Park are now in the late stage of terminal decline and despite years of health treatment programs, both trees must be removed to protect the Park’s visitors and inhabitants.
In preparation for their removal, Greater Sydney Parklands’ horticulture experts have planted 36 new, Port Jackson figs in various locations along Grand Drive. The Parklands have anticipated the aging trees in this area, including these two failing figs, will eventually need replacing.
Over the past three years, treatments applied to the trees include supplementary carbohydrates and plant tonics, but the figs have continued to decline. Their failure has resulted in deadwood, reduced leaf coverage and they will not survive. To protect the safety of our Parkland visitors, the figs trees will be removed over two days, on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 October from the horse track.
Where are the trees exactly? Both trees are located on Loch Avenue adjoining Grand Drive near Randwick Gates (see map below)
How will visitors be impacted by the removal?
Cars will still be able to access Grand Drive and Loch Avenue. Pedestrians will be provided alternate access which will be clearly signposted. There will also be machinery noise audible. Horse riding will be restricted between the intersection of Parkes and Grand Drive north and the Equestrian Grounds.
Read more on our plans for tree replacement and new planting in our Centennial Parklands Tree Planting Program webpage.
Thirty six mature Port Jackson figs have been planted along Grand Drive in the last three years, as part of a succession planting program to ensure the historic character and features that make Centennial Parklands unique are preserved into the future. These 200L Ficus rubiginosa
have been sourced from specimens grown at the University of NSW, to keep the trees as locally endemic as possible. The trees were contract grown especially for Centennial Parklands.