Posted: March 26, 2012
Seven ill trees in Guy Street, Warwick, will be replaced with the same species after a survey of the public voted overwhelmingly in favour of keeping an ‘avenue’ of London Plane trees.
Southern Downs Regional Council conducted the survey between 22 February and 12 March, with 47 local residents responding.
Of those, 51.1 percent nominated London Plane trees as their preferred replacement species, with 29.8 percent voting for the Claret Ash and 19.1 percent voting for Crepe Myrtle.
“We were overwhelmed by the number of responses to the survey,” said Michael Bell, Manager Parks and Projects.
“Through the involvement of the community, we have identified that the majority of people would prefer us to replant with the same species, to retain the beauty and colour for this streetscape in the longer term,” Mr Bell said.
“Now that we have identified the replacement tree, Council will get down to business and plant these community trees, which all going well, should occur by the end of May 2012.”
Mr Bell said that his team intended to review the way the trees were planted to ensure longevity and minimise impacts on the surrounding asphalt and pavements.
“In the past, these trees have been planted directly into the side of the street at street level, and their root systems have impacted on the surrounding asphalt car parks,” he explained.
“We will look at planting them in built up platforms and using current best practices to prevent root spread and damage.”
The original seven trees are being removed after an independent arborist found them to be diseased with rotten cores, being in such ill health that they are a danger to the public.