70% of Canberra’s trees to be lopped down?

johnboy 25 May 2009 34

The Canberra Times informs us that our ever-brilliant government has been surprised by the mass-planting of trees in the last hundred years and is going to have to mass-chainsaw them all down.

Well, not all, just 400,000 of them or 70% of the urban forest.

They could have done staggered removal and replacement, but it appears as usual it’s been left too late.

UPDATED: The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur has some thoughts on what’s needed by way of community consultation to make this work.


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BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 6:54 pm 06 Jul 09

The most alarming bit in the CT article to me was “The head of Canberra Parks says the city’s majestic tree-lined streetscape will never look the same”. You can mess with many things in my city but please, not the beauty of the streets.

Won’t someone in the greens enlighten us on this? Seems like yet another case of the Gov’t not being able to see the forrest for the trees.

BTW: On Ms Le Couteur’s thoughts on what’s needed by way of community consultation, has the gov’t concluded its community consultation into community consultation yet?

Hells_Bells74 Hells_Bells74 6:42 pm 06 Jul 09

Clown Killer said :

Trees die for all sorts of reasons Hells_Bells. When they die they have to be cut down. Maybe the tree in your mums yard will die.

🙂

Clown Killer Clown Killer 6:32 pm 06 Jul 09

Trees die for all sorts of reasons Hells_Bells. When they die they have to be cut down. Maybe the tree in your mums yard will die.

Hells_Bells74 Hells_Bells74 6:25 pm 06 Jul 09

They recently wouldn’t approve my mum to cut down a straggly gum tree (she planted the tree herself – she’s been there since ’77 and she owns the place) in her backyard in Kaleen that is in the way of where they want to extend out. Yet they are doing this all along? I’m lost?

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 6:09 pm 06 Jul 09

Cue the loony Roo lovers to complain about trees becoming extinct…

johnboy johnboy 5:40 pm 06 Jul 09

sorry guys it’s just missing zing.

Now back on topic please.

astrojax astrojax 5:39 pm 06 Jul 09

indeed – mandatory, i’d think, fotw guernsey… well spotted.

Thumper Thumper 5:21 pm 06 Jul 09

Leaf the trees alone! They are more important than you and your pathetic little life. They live a lot longer, support much more life, suck up carbon dioxide and make oxygen. You and I are but short lived poluting parasite on the planet. Yes a tree or a branch could fall on me on almost any day, but I’m more likely to be hit by a car or mugged by some binge drinker in Civic. Yeah ban all cars and late night grog and we’ll be safer. The world is being run by lawyers and wowsers who would chop down every tree to make us “safer”.

Oh JB, you have got to run that as a rant.

Brilliant, just brilliant.

Clown Killer Clown Killer 4:58 pm 06 Jul 09

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Woz Woz 4:48 pm 06 Jul 09

Leaf the trees alone! They are more important than you and your pathetic little life. They live a lot longer, support much more life, suck up carbon dioxide and make oxygen. You and I are but short lived poluting parasite on the planet. Yes a tree or a branch could fall on me on almost any day, but I’m more likely to be hit by a car or mugged by some binge drinker in Civic. Yeah ban all cars and late night grog and we’ll be safer. The world is being run by lawyers and wowsers who would chop down every tree to make us “safer”.

astrojax astrojax 9:17 am 26 May 09

south america has swathes of eucys, too, thumper – i remember a bus ride through ecuador with some rolling hills and plains where i almost thought i was back in oz. until a llama or a local ecuadorian popped into view… ; )

Thumper Thumper 8:06 am 26 May 09

In Morocco they have Australian eucs that line the roads. They are regularly lopped so they are quite short but extremely wide of girth. And extremely old as well.

GardeningGirl GardeningGirl 11:45 pm 25 May 09

Punter said :

I originally come from Brisbane and I must say the leaves that change colour and drop are one of the most beautiful things I admire and love about this town. It would be a shame if such trees were included in this plan.

I’d hate to see the wonderful autumnal view looking down from Red Hill over the inner south be lost 🙁

Punter Punter 10:33 pm 25 May 09

Please recognise Bisbane as the capital city of Queensland and realise I should have spelled Brisbane.

Punter Punter 10:17 pm 25 May 09

I originally come from Bisbane and I must say the leaves that change colour and drop are one of the most beautiful things I admire and love about this town. It would be a shame if such trees were included in this plan. On the other hand, I think our native gum trees are one of the most dangerous trees existing in our suburbs and need to be removed. They have no place in our community as they drop heavy branches without warning particularly in times of extended drought. I know people who have been hospitalised by falling branches. I hope they are the first to go.

Clown Killer Clown Killer 9:16 pm 25 May 09

Wow, tree’s have a use by date. Old ones will have to be removed and replaced. Who’d have thunk it!

GardeningGirl GardeningGirl 4:36 pm 25 May 09

I didn’t know it was 70% either 🙁
It makes me wonder about the long-term implications for various mass plantings around the city, including the arboretum.
It also makes me wonder about the implications for people who bought blocks with protected trees on them. I know in one area the trees were inspected and only the ones judged healthy at the time were kept, but compression of the ground by trucks during building work wouldn’t do them much good and what happens in the longer term if the owner doesn’t see the point in spending money on a regular arborist inspection?
I also wonder if they have made wise choices in some of their plantings. Years ago we received a letter advising that our street trees were about to be planted and the chosen species was a certain eucalypt. Just out of tree-lover’s curiosity and confident that they would have chosen a variety suitable for urban use, I looked it up. Huge and prone to dropping branches. Nice choice!

monomania monomania 4:35 pm 25 May 09

“Street trees, green spaces and backyards are all important factors in making our city a good place to live. They provide a nice microclimate, are a habitat for birds and possums, and look good.” says Caroline Le Couteur in that press release.

At last the Greens are going to advocate for enough water infrastructure and when we have enough water lowering the price and relaxing the permanent restrictions so we can have some green spaces and a nice microclimate.

And trees. As long as they don’t shade those next to useless solar panels.

caf caf 4:18 pm 25 May 09

The trees are being cut down over the next 25 years, according to the article. Not all at once.

(This is so that the new generation of trees won’t all have been planted at the same time, so they won’t have this problem again in 60 years).

sepi sepi 4:12 pm 25 May 09

In Beechworth and other old Victorian goldrush towns they have tree lined streets with trees that are way older than ours. I think this is massive overkill, to chop down perfectly good trees – and then try to establish new baby trees mid-drought.

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