New Moreton Bay fig tree for Kings Square

The old Moreton Bay fig in Kings Square. Photo: mysay.fremantle.wa.gov.au
The old Moreton Bay fig in Kings Square. Photo: mysay.fremantle.wa.gov.au

KINGS Square in Fremantle will have a new Moreton Bay fig tree.

The tree will be moved from Ord Street in Fremantle.

City of Fremantle director of strategic planning Paul Garbett said the City began with a list of 11 trees before short listing four for further consideration.

“The City commissioned an arboriculturalist to work with our project team to find a suitable tree based on criteria such as its size, health, shape and ability to be transported,” he said.

“It will take more than a year to prepare the tree for relocation.

“I’m sure it will become a much-loved icon of Fremantle, just like the tree it’s replacing.”

A new fig tree will be relocated to Ord Street which will be four to five years old and 1-1.5 metres tall.

The relocation will cost around $45,000 and the tree is expected to be in the square in 2020.

In addition to the new fig tree, seven London Plane trees and three Canary Island date palms have been relocated in Kings Square and a further 40 new trees, including London Planes and Jacarandas, will be planted.