Saving Protected Trees – Uphill battle in Elanora.
The western side of Simpsons Road in Elanora is not on the sewer.
Therefore most of the big trees were planted around the borders of these properties, leaving the central spaces for drainage.
This puts most of the significant usually protected trees in the area in jeopardy, because a protected tree within three meters of a neighbor’s property can be cut down if the neighbor doesn’t like the tree.
Since the bad PR for fig trees on the Burks Backyard show, many believe their properties can be damaged by these trees massive invasive roots and insist on having them removed.
This is a great pity as the benefits of this beautiful rainforest giant far outweigh any damage risks in many instances. Installing root barriers to prevent invasive root damage is surely a better option than destroying such a significant tree.
See the photos below taken by Ian Walker the day we were forced to have our beloved tree cut down.
I also want to take this opportunity to thank the great crew from J. C. Trees for the efficient, fast and tidy job they did.