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Removal of decaying trees in Hyde Park - 19 September 2005


Park fig trees to be cut down
, Trees get chop, beloved trees face death

The headlines couldn't be more dramatic, especially for those of you living in Sydney. Known as the green lungs of Sydney, a number of trees in Hyde Park have been marked for removal, with 34 trees scheduled for removal this week (19 September 2005), 25 of them figs. All this, in an attempt to save the remaining 550 plus trees.

It was on the 18 July, 2005 when on a windy, dry Sunday morning, one of the Hills Figs tree was blown over. Over the past four years, four of the Hills Figs in the central avenue have collapsed; three having fallen in the last eighteen months.

Source: Item 3B Removal of Diseased Trees in Hyde Park 15/10/04

Removal of decaying trees in Hyde Park - 19 September 2005     Removal of decaying trees in Hyde Park - 19 September 2005

Extensive testing on the trees in Hyde Park have revealed trees that were in advance stages of decay, riddled with infection from the disease and fungi: Phellinus species, Phytophthora cinnamonmi and Armillaria luteobubalina.

Soil work and planting in Hyde Park - 19 September 2005Almost half of the figs that circle the Archibald Fountain will go in the initial cull, with a further 11 along the main boulevard between the fountain and the Anzac Memorial.

It is not only the Hills Figs that are effected, as a Kaffir Plum and an Oak were removed late last year, due to defects and decay. This latest cull will also include a Port Jackson Fig, three Oak trees, two Eucalypts, two Cabbage Palms and one Poplar. All up, there are twenty six trees from Hyde Park north and eight trees in Hyde Park south.

In addition, much of the diseased soil in the park will be replaced, in a progressive and expensive operation.

Source: City of Sydney.

Removal of decaying trees in Hyde Park - 19 September 2005     Removal of decaying trees in Hyde Park - 19 September 2005
 
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