Centenary trees stolen and valdalised

Barcham 17 September 2013 4

It seems 16 of the 100 celebratory centenary trees planted in July have been stolen. Many more have been vandalised in various Canberran suburbs, particularly in Narrabundah and Gungahlin.

“An inspection last week revealed that three English Elm, nine Roman Cypress and four Chinese Pistachio trees were stolen from Flynn Place between Thursday 5 September and Monday 9 September 2013,” said Fleur Flanery, Director, City Services.

“A range of deciduous trees were planted at Flynn Place and behind Albert Hall to commemorate Canberra’s Centenary year and improve the amenity of the area. TAMS had received many positive comments from members of the public who were pleased to see the replanted trees along one of Canberra’s iconic avenues.

“The species chosen for the commemorative planting were all unusual, long living trees including Bunya Bunya Pine, Roman Cypress, Swamp White Oak, Chinese Pistachio, upright English Oak and English Elm.

“A further six young trees were vandalised last week along Captain Cook Crescent in Narrabundah and are beyond repair. This is in addition to the 60 newly planted trees which have been vandalised so far in 2013.

“Our reserves and urban open space areas are for people to enjoy, so it is very disappointing when our staff and members of the community find trees damaged or stolen.

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4 Responses to Centenary trees stolen and valdalised
poetix poetix 9:49 am 18 Sep 13

Yes, WTC, trees protected by razor wire are not only attractive, but totally safe too, for the average pedestrian.

EvanJames EvanJames 9:34 am 18 Sep 13

Qbn does a lot of street tree planting, and in the city centre has taken to enclosing new trees in mesh cages. On the roads into qbn, it plants very advanced trees which are harder to wreck.

The numbers of scum are definitely increasing.

wildturkeycanoe wildturkeycanoe 7:42 am 18 Sep 13

Perhaps someone has something against non-native species being planted in our streets? The Bunya Pine is also native to QLD, not Canberra.
This is just a low act, probably drunken people in respect to the damaged trees because they had nothing better to do with their time. Razor wire might have been a good deterrent, it seems to help keep people inside prisons so why not use it to keep drunks out of things as well.

Aquila Aquila 7:03 pm 17 Sep 13

Valda strikes again

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