For the love of trees

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The green canopy of these beautiful River Red Gums soften and enhance the suburban landscape in Victoria Avenue, but for how much longer we do not know. An application has been submitted to council for the removal of these trees.

Between a human and a tree is the breath. We are each other’s air.  –
Margaret Bates

 

There is a wild beauty in the statuesque older trees that thrust their limbs skyward above our suburban dwellings. These trees provide numerous benefits to humans for free and without any demands, except perhaps to be allowed to live. Sadly more and more of our big old trees are disappearing from suburban areas and in most places big tree species are no longer being planted. Undoubtedly this urban forest adds value and prestige to areas like Unley and if we don’t act now to halt the loss of trees, in a generation all our Adelaide suburbs will resemble stark concrete deserts. Yet most people fail to even notice the demise of these trees, some of which stood tall and proud before Europeans even set foot on this land.

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Another call to preserve our heritage trees

by Anne Wharton on behalf of Save Unley Trees Campaign

Many residents in the Unley Council area are most concerned about the number of regulated and significant trees being removed from our suburbs, especially on private land. Indeed this seems to be happening throughout suburban Adelaide.

In Fairford Street, Unley there are 2 huge River Red Gums, possibly 100+ years old. The owners have recently submitted another application to Council to remove the western tree (their third application to cut down one or both of the trees).

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Photo taken 2 years ago before new house was built. The tree under application is the right hand tree (western), the bigger of the two, that is listed on the Unley Council’s Significant Tree List.

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Saving urban trees

by Anne Wharton

Many residents in the Unley Council area are concerned about the number of regulated and significant trees that are being removed. Indeed this seems to be happening in all of Adelaide’s suburbs.

Two huge river red gums back on to my property. The owners have recently applied for the second time to remove these significant trees. Their first application was refused by Unley Council in April 2016. The trees were given a good bill of health by the Council arborist and also an external arborist commissioned by the Council.

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