Saturday, April 13, 2024

Armidale tags 94 trees for removal

Ninety-four trees across the Armidale Regional Council area have been identified for the removal, with Council saying they pose a significant safety risk to road users, property and pedestrians.

“Our region, particularly our streetscapes and parks are the envy of many regional areas boasting one of the largest and diverse urban forests that provides all year round beauty and shade in the summer months,” Council said in a statement.

“But with that beauty comes the challenges of managing ageing trees that have either succumbed to disease or have reached the end of their natural life.”

General Manager James Roncon said it is unfortunate the trees have to be removed, but safety of the community and road users must come first.

“A number of trees in some of these locations have already fallen causing damage to power-lines. Thankfully no one was hurt but it could have easily been a different story,” he said.

“Managing an extensive and ageing urban forest like ours is a cycle of removing trees and replanting every year. In our case many of the street trees were planted in the fifties and sixties and are starting to show their age or feel the effects of decay and disease.”

During the next two months the trees will begin to be removed. The locations of the trees earmarked for removal include:

  • Uralla Road – adjacent to New England Girls’ School;
    Removal –  11 Silver Poplars;
  • New England Highway Black Mountain;
    Removal – 4 Poplar trees;
  • MacDonald Park;
    Removal – 60 dead or dying Elm trees (works have already commenced in this location);
  • Kentucky Street – Adjacent to the old Armidale Teachers’ College;
    Removal – 19 Silver Poplars.

“We don’t like it any more than you do, but rest assured we will be replanting with introduced species better suited to the location,” said Mr Roncon.

“The nursery industry is still catching up due to COVID-19 lockdowns. Replacement stock that is available will be replanted during the winter months when it is more suitable for establishing trees and have been selected for their adaptability to the Armidale region climate and for their autumn colour.”

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