A large tree in Centennial Park's Federation Valley will be removed on 11 September for public safety reasons.
A recent tree inspection, this tree has been assessed with a large structural defect – a torsional split in the main stem. The split has occurred through extensive decay relating to a previous branch failure that occurred in November 2014. Although the previous failure is not part of the reason for the tree’s removal, it has contributed to the new defect.
Options to save the tree have been exhausted and it now must be removed for public safety reasons as it is in a highly pedestrianised area of the Park, especially with dog walkers. The tree will eventually be replaced in the coming years as soon as a tree of the same species can be grown to an adequate size.
This tree will be removed on Wednesday 11 September 2019 from 7.00 am. Please take care if you are passing through the area while works are underway.
We work hard to keep our 15,000 trees healthy and beautiful by maintaining our trees, planting new trees and only removing trees when required or necessary.
We receive many questions about trees that are felled or removed despite ‘appearing healthy’ on the outside. But what many people do not know is that trees, like humans, are susceptible to a large and diverse range of health issues and structural defects. Eventually a tree may need to be removed once other tree management strategies become insufficient for public safety or sustaining the health of a tree.
To find out more about how we manage our trees please read our Tree Master Plan here and read our blog on the life cycle of a tree here.