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Succession planning for the planting of significant trees

21/12/2020

Following two related motions by Councillors Tegg and Kastanias at last week’s council meeting, Georges River Council unanimously resolved to both maintain as many mature trees in the LGA as possible and ensure the coordinated removal and replanting of significant trees at the end of their natural lives.

Councillor Kastanias said that to address concerns about meeting its 40% tree canopy, council should take all practical steps to retain mature trees in public spaces such as parks, nature strips and golf courses.

“Where trees need to be removed, they should be replaced with species of a similar size where possible. We need to ensure we adhere to our “two for one” replacement ratio and ensure that private landowners do the same,” said Cr Kastanias.

“Our mature trees yield many benefits including protection of biodiversity and bushland, providing privacy, and reducing heat island effect, not to mention increasing property values,” she added.

Councillor Tegg said of his motion that establishing a significant tree register was a very important step to ensure that our natural heritage is recognised and protected.

“I want the public to get involved and tell us which of our local trees have particular significant to them” he added.

This approach will provide improved succession planting for significant trees in our parks, nature reserves and on local streets.

“It’s really important that we get a clear idea about where those significant trees are so that we can get a good understanding of the expected lifetime and health of those trees,” said Cr Tegg.

“We want to prioritise those areas where the natural heritage of our area really stands out and do our very best to preserve and extend that.

“These big beautiful trees aren’t going to live forever. With a comprehensive approach to succession planting we can identify trees that are nearing the end of their lives and then plant similar trees nearby. This will let those replacement trees establish themselves in the shade of the trees that they’ll eventually replace.

“Essentially, we’re creating a second tier of trees that are in place and thriving, ready to continue the urban canopy when the time comes for the older trees to go. We want to do our best to protect and expand our area’s natural beauty as much as we can,” added Cr Tegg.

Subject to funding of a significant tree register, public consultation will take place to help to identify the priority areas.
 
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