Much thought has been put into the removal of the three fig trees along the current fence line. After consulting with landscape architects, it was determined that to enhance the play space, allow room for the new shade sails and preserve the new soft fall, as well as for the health of the trees, it was best to remove three trees with the aim of relocating them in another area of Newington.
Despite Council’s best efforts, and following significant investigations by an arborist, it was determined that the three fig trees would not survive the move.
The trees needed to be removed as they were originally planted too close together and competition between the trees led to suppressed growth. Additionally, the arborist identified that the trees were suffering from sun burn as well as wounding and damage to the trunk bases and tops of the roots. Furthermore, the trees had reduced crown density and poor root structure; also signs of poor health.
Council are improving the preservation of the remaining trees through increasing mulch beds and reducing impacts on root zones. We are also planting additional suitable trees to offset the loss of the three fig trees. These new trees will include three Urbanite Ash trees and one Chinese Pistachio tree.
EXCERPT FROM THE ARBORIST REPORT
Eleven (11) trees that form part of the double row of Ficus microcorpa var. hillii (Hills Weeping Fig) which border the eastern boundary of Pierre De Coubertin Park, have been assessed by a qualified Arborist.
Outcomes show that:
- The existing spacing of trees is very close which will lead to mutual suppression and the development of poor tree form.
- Several of the trees have a reduced crown density which is likely a result of physiological stress caused by compacted soils and/ recent prolonged drought.
- For the succession and longevity of tree life, select trees are proposed for removal.
- As part of the current proposed works, three (3) trees presenting poor health are proposed for removal.
- All construction works will strictly adhere to TPZ (tree protection zone) measures to ensure that trees to be retained will be safeguarded to ensure their sustained health.