Northbourne Avenue Trees

platypus 25 October 2009 26

I like Canberra, however while driving around town today I was particularly struck by the depressing appearance of Northbourne Avenue.

This is the ceremonial gateway to Canberra But I find it quite unattractive.

Its not just that it’s lined with dreary flats. I think the main problem is the species of gum tree which was chosen for the area. I’m not a tree expert, but today the trees (whatever they are), looked messy, dreary and, in many cases, half dead.

Surely it would be much better if they were all removed and replaced with something more suited to the prominance of the avenue.

St Kilda road in Melbourne looks wonderful with its rows of elms and London Plane trees. Why can’t the same be done with Northbourne?

The trees on Northbourne Avenue

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anonymous gungahlian anonymous gungahlian 7:12 pm 28 Oct 09

The Govenment should cut down all the trees to add extra lanes on Northbourne- north and southbound. That would solve the traffic problem, then have an opinion poll on which trees should be replanted closer to the centre of the nature strip, or maybe plant a variety of trees to keep all you people who give a shit about the apearance of trees along Northbourne Avenue happy. Problem solved.

frontrow frontrow 3:54 pm 26 Oct 09

Morgan said :

The love of field and coppice
Of green and shaded lanes
of ordered woods and gardens
is running in your veins
strong love of grey blue distance
brown seas and soft dim skies
I know, but cannot share it my love is otherwise…

I bet you know the second verse of Advance Australia Fair as well. It’s bordering on Un-Australian.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 2:07 pm 26 Oct 09

George D said :

Cut them all down. This city has too many trees.

They all burn when lit…

icantbelieveitsnotbutter icantbelieveitsnotbutter 1:41 pm 26 Oct 09

caf said :

I always really _liked_ the look of the Northbourne Avenue trees.

+ 1

sepi sepi 1:29 pm 26 Oct 09

I like the trees – but I would prefer light rail.

spinact spinact 12:52 pm 26 Oct 09

Rad Dave said :

Isn’t there a proposal by NCA to replace a lot of the old tress in Canberra? Most are heading towards 100 years old and nearing the end of their life..

Both the ACT Gov and the NCA are running (or will be) tree replacement programs. Northbourne is the ACT Gov’s responsibility. The CT had an article on the NCA’s planes to gradually replace the gums on Anzac Parade (http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/changing-of-guard-anzac-parade-tree-swap/1658894.aspx).

Personally I don’t mind the trees on Northborne, although I must admit the string bark always hanging off them is a bit unsightly.

caf caf 12:41 pm 26 Oct 09

I always really _liked_ the look of the Northbourne Avenue trees.

Thumper Thumper 12:06 pm 26 Oct 09

Bulldoze the trees, cover it in crushed red granite and turn the whole thing into a car park. Things of the money it will bring in, not to mention the savings in maintenance..

George D George D 11:37 am 26 Oct 09

Cut them all down. This city has too many trees.

CapitalK CapitalK 11:13 am 26 Oct 09

What should ACT Government take funding away from so that they can unnecessarily tear out the trees on Northbourne and plant new ones.
Would the new ones be young, hence cheaper and providing little to no shade or would they be older costing more but immediately providing shade etc etc.

Buzz2600 Buzz2600 9:42 am 26 Oct 09

Canberra is the “Bush Capital”. Personally, I love the wild individualistic Australian gums, each one has unique character. Take a closer look and you’ll see native birds, like Honeyeaters enjoying the gum blossoms! The fact is that Australia is losing more flora and fauna species each year than any other country on the planet. The bush around Canberra is bulldozed for suburbs, we need to care for our unique environment and plant natives NOT exotics. Bulldoze the gums trees on Northbourne? … don’t get me started!!

enrique enrique 9:16 am 26 Oct 09

I’ve often wondered if the reason that particular species of Eucalyptus was chosen for Northborne was something to do with it being tall and thin with relatively thin/lightweight branches?

The last thing you’d want is massive branch dropping onto a moving vehicle during a storm.

Pandy Pandy 7:10 am 26 Oct 09

Move to the bush platypus

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 7:08 am 26 Oct 09

Platypus you need to venture around the town a bit more. Your blessed European trees line streets all over the place. Go lap it up.

There are a handful of key streets with natives, as befits a nation’s capital. That’s not about to change.

And I wouldn’t want it to. It’s nice in mid winter to be able to go down some streets that still have some green in them instead of depressing bare sticks.

And I wouldn’t be relying too heavily on Bryson as a landscape ecology expert.

platypus platypus 11:38 pm 25 Oct 09

Those who have a problem with european trees in Australia should realise that if their views had been followed in the past, the beautiful Botanical gardens (with mostly exotics) in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and other parts of Australia would never have been planted. This would’ve been a shame, as these gardens are truly beautiful.

We have many miles of gum tress greowing in the bush, why the need to plant them in the middle of an urban environment where they are not suitable? Perhaps people who have a problem with a ‘European’ environment would prefer it if we pulled down all the European structures that have been built in Australia since 1788. Bill Bryson expressed it well in his book “Down Under’, when talking about Adelaide’s european style parks he said:-

“Australia has several hundred thousand square miles of landscape featuring mallee scrub and red river gums; it is not as if this is a threatened environment. Worse, the parks as they are now are unusually fine, among the best in the world, and it would be a tragedy to lose them wherever they were. If you accept the logic that they are inappropriate because they are in a European style then clearly you would have to get rid of all of Adelaide’s houses, streets, buildings and European-derived people.”

Lets have more European trees for Canberra, and banish the gum trees to the bush, where they belong.

cleo cleo 9:31 pm 25 Oct 09

bd84
I’d rather see the goverment do the public housing complexes up, eg; put blinds in and more gardens, I’m sure they could build more public housing along Nortbourne, as there is enough room, there are so many homeless people.

Morgan Morgan 5:34 pm 25 Oct 09

The love of field and coppice
Of green and shaded lanes
of ordered woods and gardens
is running in your veins
strong love of grey blue distance
brown seas and soft dim skies
I know, but cannot share it my love is otherwise…

bd84 bd84 4:36 pm 25 Oct 09

I’d rather they demolish the eyesores of the public housing complexes along Northbourne. They can worry about the trees when they pose a danger.

old canberran old canberran 4:26 pm 25 Oct 09

The median strip is there for possible future light rail or additional road carriageways. If they had planted exotic trees there would be the usual outcry when they are removed. The gums look a bit sad at the moment from lack of rain and an overdose of car exhaust fumes.
At least they are not deciduous which means they look the same all year round.

Rad Dave Rad Dave 4:06 pm 25 Oct 09

Isn’t there a proposal by NCA to replace a lot of the old tress in Canberra? Most are heading towards 100 years old and nearing the end of their life..

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