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What manner of loser vandalises trees?

By johnboy - 6 November 2012 9

Territory and Municipal Services have the depressing news that some people out there get their jollies destroying new tree plantings:

“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,” said Michael Brice, Manager, Urban Treescapes.

“An inspection earlier this week revealed that four English Oaks, which were planted in parkland off Doonkuna Street in Reid a year ago, have been the latest trees to be targeted. The Oaks were healthy and growing well, but sadly they all will need to be replaced.

“Griffith has also been targeted, with vandals damaging five of the 16 Red spotted gums on Captain Cook Crescent this week. Eight of the 11 Red spotted gums on Kootara Crescent in Narrabundah have also been vandalised.”

Mr Brice said that other recent examples of tree vandalism included:

— poisoning, severe pruning and complete removal of trees across Gungahlin
— repeated damage to trees in Ainslie Avenue with some trees replaced three times already
— removal/damage of new trees planted along Limestone Avenue
— removal/damage of new trees planted in Eddison Park, Woden
— removal/damage of 12 of the 32 trees planted along Boddington Crescent, Kambah
— severe pruning/removal of four new trees at the end of Pilbara Place, Fisher and three of the
— eight trees planted at the end of Bannerman Place, Holt shortly after planting.

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What manner of loser vandalises trees?
aussielyn 10:57 pm 06 Nov 12

TAMS cannot protect trees they plant if idiots destroy them.

You do many stupid things as a kid and you should be put in line when you are not a good citizen
If you see a kid damaging a tree, or if they have a branch you, should accuse them of vandalism.

Residents should be the guardians of their nature strips and admonish kids who rip off branches.

GardeningGirl 7:18 pm 06 Nov 12

breda said :

. . . . I had to chase a few away when a couple of babies (not eucalypts) were planted outside my place a few years ago. I watched one moron aged about 12 standing there just stripping leaves and breaking branches off a sapling. When I went out asked asked the little darling what he thought he was doing, he just looked at me as though I was mad and ambled off. Didn’t come back though – there’s a lot to be said for the “crazy lady” reputation!

I’ve seen kids stripping leaves off trees at places like the Botanic Gardens. I don’t know why the parents bother taking them there. I’m not talking an idle pluck either, they attack the task with gusto. And the parents stand and watch and say nothing. If parents don’t teach that ‘you don’t do that’ then someone else being concerned about it is going to seem strange to them. 🙁

breda 5:30 pm 06 Nov 12

Yep, I’m guessing the spotted gum widowmakers are being targeted by people who don’t want them growing outside their house or in their street. I don’t blame them.

As for oak trees, a healthy oak can live for hundreds of years – and they don’t drop branches or resin. Their roots are fairly deep so they don’t fall over every time there is a storm, either. There is an avenue of oaks near my place (inner South) which is about 2km long, and you can see that not a single one has come to grief since they were planted at least 60 years ago.

However, it is true that kids also randomly vandalise trees – I had to chase a few away when a couple of babies (not eucalypts) were planted outside my place a few years ago. I watched one moron aged about 12 standing there just stripping leaves and breaking branches off a sapling. When I went out asked asked the little darling what he thought he was doing, he just looked at me as though I was mad and ambled off. Didn’t come back though – there’s a lot to be said for the “crazy lady” reputation!

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 3:40 pm 06 Nov 12

Solidarity said :

I know people kill small gum trees on purpose because they are scared that they will grow big and then fall on their houses… but the Oak trees I don’t know.

Well lets be real, gums drop limbs regularly but oaks drop entire trees!

Granted, that’s only when they are huge.

maxblues 3:33 pm 06 Nov 12

Isn’t the Green Labor government going to rip out trees to lay tram tracks?

Solidarity 3:23 pm 06 Nov 12

I know people kill small gum trees on purpose because they are scared that they will grow big and then fall on their houses… but the Oak trees I don’t know.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 2:44 pm 06 Nov 12

Watson said :

There’s a rumour going round our street that someone poisoned the street tree (an Argyle Apple gum) in front of their house because they wanted to establish a lawn. Just a rumour, but one day the tree was fine and the next it was dead and so was the bush close to it.

I wonder if something similar is going on in Gungahlin too? Significant trees that are in the way of new developments?

I’ve seen kids damage saplings, apparently out of sheer boredom.

Well if the government won’t let you cut down trees on your own property then poison is the last resort.

If its public land the it’s absolutely disgusting thing to do. I very often see those little triangles that have saplings planted in and it makes me so angry and just another reason why we can’t ha e nice things.

Watson 2:31 pm 06 Nov 12

There’s a rumour going round our street that someone poisoned the street tree (an Argyle Apple gum) in front of their house because they wanted to establish a lawn. Just a rumour, but one day the tree was fine and the next it was dead and so was the bush close to it.

I wonder if something similar is going on in Gungahlin too? Significant trees that are in the way of new developments?

I’ve seen kids damage saplings, apparently out of sheer boredom.

Paul0075 1:02 pm 06 Nov 12

It would seem that not everyone in Canberra likes the notion of the bush capital. If that’s the case, maybe they need to move elsewhere.

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