Manager of parks and projects Michael Bell shows rot in the Guy St tree.
Manager of parks and projects Michael Bell shows rot in the Guy St tree. Jenna Cairney

Sculpting can't save ailing trees

WE may live in a town where trees are so sacred they get dressed in winter woollies every July to spare their bare branches but it would take more than a jumper to save the condemned London plane trees on Guy St.

One local woman, Susanne Keong, was inspired by the story of a town in the US, which held a chainsaw art competition when it had to get rid of old cottonwood trees.

While Southern Downs Regional Council officers were equally impressed with the idea, after checking with an arborist, they were told the damage was too great for the project.

"On this occasion, it looks like the decay within the trunks is too far gone to salvage, however council is keen to explore the idea of stump carving should other trees need to be removed in the future," council manager of parks and gardens Michael Bell said.

"We're keen to look at any other suggestions or ideas that people have for reusing trees."

Plane trees in Guy St, Warwick (shown above) will be removed by the council in May.

Residents are invited to vote on their preferred replacement option out of a claret ash, crepe myrtle or London plane tree.

The aging trees have been inspected by an aborist (tree specialist) and declared a danger to the public due to rotten wood in their core.

Five more London plane trees have been put on a watch list, while a number of younger London plane trees in the street remain in good health.

CHOOSE a tree

Vote for your preferred replacement option online at surveymonkey.com/s/GuyStreetLondonPlaneTrees


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