Please save my tree…
This is a letter from local resident John about a huge lovely tree in his back yard that the landlord wants to cut down… why?
The owner of the property I rent is removing a huge old tree possibly this weekend. I have tried to get people interested in this unnecessary removal both privately and within the Council bureaucracy. The immediate neighbours are saddened but no one else appears interested. Such disinterest is sad given that there are few of these old settlers trees left.
It has been looked at by an arborist and deemed healthy, safe and almost a century old. It is all that remains of a home on the hill of Kline street from the early 20th century, maybe earlier. It can be seen from Black Hill lookout and stands so proudly above all other trees. It is a home to many birds and provides much needed shade during summer. It is being removed because of possible future subdivision of the block.
As I read the Councils own guidelines in the 2007 Tree Management Plan, a significant tree may be an exotic and it may be deemed significant based on girth and height. This tree fits both descriptions. I was also told by a council officer that a tree cannot be removed because of a desire to develop the block sometime in the future. Why have these rules if they are not followed?
I have included some pictures as I wanted to have some sort of obituary for such an old, tall, useful piece of outer East Ballarat. These aged trees help define our spaces, they remind us of those who once lived here and this tree is quite a giant in all respects.
Thank You for this space to write.