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40 Heywood Park trees face chop.

November 20, 2014

Current and potential public risk issues are being quoted as the reason for  the proposed removal of 40 trees…nine of them classified as either”Regulated” or “Significant”… from Unley Council’s  prestigious Heywood Park.

In a report to go before Council on Monday, it is stated that: “The intended removal of these nine trees  is likely to have the largest impact on the amenity of the park and cause the most concern from neighbouring residents, property owners and park users”.

The report goes on to say that in particular the suggested removal of three SA Blue Gums near the Grove Street and Addiscombe Place corner will leave a “significant gap” within the park, which contains many trees which are remnant and predate European settlement.

Most of the other trees recommended for removal are catergorised as “reasonably insignificant” and will have minimal impact on the park.

The report states that there have been some significant tree failures which have raised concerns with the Administration as to the overall health and condition of the trees and the associated risk to park users. One of the three Blue Gums has a major limb within the fall zone of the  playground, and detailed diagnostic works identified the need for removal of the tree to eliminate any risk to playground users.

Meanwhile, the good news is that removal of  larger trees in the park will offer opportunities to establish natural fauna nesting sites, and the Administration intends to look for these opportunities and if necessary seek specialised zoological advice in determining appropriate fauna outcomes.

As part of the outcomes of the project, the removal of the  fencing near the centre of the park…which currently prevents access to  three rare remnant Grey Boxes (some of only a few remaining on the Adelaide Plains)…is being considered . With the installation of the fence some years ago, and extensive mulching and the introduction of subsurface irrigation, conditions beneath the trees have improved significantly.

There is to be a wide mail-out to  properties near Heywood Park giving a detailed outline of works to be undertaken and specify impending tree removals. Notices boards within the park will keep park users  updated on the project.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Ian S permalink
    November 24, 2014 10:40 pm

    Hmmm. Why not move the playground away from the hazardous trees? I’m sure the trees were there first.


    • cllrmikehudson permalink*
      November 25, 2014 11:12 pm

      Only by a couple of hundred years…which is why they are now dangerous.


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