THE future of three English Elm trees in Anderson St, Bright, looks grim after an independent arboricultural service deemed them hazardous and recommended they be removed.
On Tuesday, February 25, Alpine Shire Council manager project delivery, John Carter, joined Alpine Shire Council chief executive officer (CEO) Dave Barry and other Alpine Shire staff at an on-site community meeting and explained to concerned residents in detail the issues with the trees.
"We knew there were issues with these three trees so we hired an independent arborist back in September 2013 to assess the trees and give us a report," Mr Carter said.
Rachael Tonkin from Uber Arbor conducted the assessment and her report stated that although the trees' health is fair, the condition of the structure is poor and they should be removed.
Ms Tonkin explained the report in detail and said the Elm trees were in this condition due to lack of proper maintenance throughout the years.
"These trees weren't pruned properly at some stage when they were younger, which has caused cavities to appear in the structure which has created decay," she said.
"The trees only have about 20 per cent of natural limbs, the rest of the limbs are epicormic attachments, which don't have the strength of natural branches.
"This added to the cavities and decay makes the trees a risk."
Mr Barry said the Alpine Shire wanted to inform the community, before any decisions were made about the trees, and stressed the Alpine Shire understands the value of the trees within the shire.
He said five per cent of the entire rates within the shire go into the trees adding up to around half-a-million dollars.
"We don't take the decision of cutting down a tree lightly, I get the impression we don't communicate to the ratepayers how important trees are to us at the shire," he said.
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