New home for trees

Bruce Abbott burnt grass trees to remove foliage before uprooting and bagging them in 2012.
Bruce Abbott burnt grass trees to remove foliage before uprooting and bagging them in 2012.

In August 2012, Replants.com managing director Bruce Abbott told the Times the company had removed 130 grass trees for landowner Tamala Park Regional Council and Catalina estate developer Satterley Property Group.

‘A good proportion of trees being saved are in excess of 2m trunk, which makes them over 150 years old,’ he said.

‘Some of the bigger trees (up to 3m trunks) are well over 200 years old.’

Some of those plants are now back in the estate’s $1.1 million first park, a 1ha site on the corner of Elsbury Approach and Seeadler Street which also has a playground and picnic shelter.

Tamala Park Regional Council chairman Giovanni Italiano said it was great to see some of the grass trees retained from the development transplanted back into the estate, which would eventually have 8000 residents.

‘Scores of these marvellous trees are now being replanted throughout the estate to enhance the entire area,’ he said.