Loss of two verge trees questioned

The stump of one of the trees in Alfred Cove.
The stump of one of the trees in Alfred Cove.

He said it was suspicious the box trees, out the front of two partially-built homes, had died ‘virtually overnight’ and since been removed by City of Melville contractors.

Mr Forrest said the City had told him the trees were diseased and would be removed at ratepayers’ expense.

He said that as a landscaper with a rural background, he had never seen a box tree suffer from disease because they were resistant to it.

City of Melville chief executive Shayne Silcox said it appeared the trees had deteriorated through natural causes, which may have been exasperated by the development of the properties in Lamond Street.

He said there were no visible signs of vandalism to the trees.

Dr Silcox said the City of Melville had qualified officers who assessed trees where possible across the City.

‘The officers look at the symptoms of a tree, stage of decline and physical damage, for example wounding and removed bark,’ he said.

‘The City of Melville has contacted the owners of the property regarding the trees’ demise and subsequent removal.’

Dr Silcox said, that in line with the City’s tree policy, two replacement trees would be planted on the verge.

Mr Forrest said if a tree was diseased, damage would be visible at the trunk where the timber had been cut. ‘The trees have been cut off at ground and, I’d say if you were looking for a good piece of timber, this would be it,’ he said.