Mature tree removal
The mature Pinus radiata (Monterey Pine) next to the Herbarium will be removed on Tuesday 11 March due to its declining health and risk to public safety.
A recent report into the health of the tree confirmed the presence of Phaeolus schweinitzii, a root and butt rot fungus commonly known as velvet-top fungus.
This fungus attacks trees through their roots and produces decay in the root system and the heartwood of the lower portion of the tree. The result is a weakened, or even hollow, tree base. As a result, the Arboriculture team has deemed the tree a significant safety risk.
The Pinus radiata is located in the Herbarium Bed, which is densely planted with trees and shrubs. As Will Jones, Curator of Arboriculture, explains, this makes removal especially challenging.
"Removing trees in confined spaces can be a tricky operation. In a Botanic Garden setting, the understorey is every bit as important as the tree layer."
"A crane will be used for the removal of this tree, helping to minimise the disturbance to the surrounding plantings, and giving the crew more control over the risks involved in removing a tree of this size. Safety is always paramount, both of the crew and the visiting public."
As part of the Gardens’ safety measures, the nearest public entry point – F Gate on Birdwood Avenue - will be closed on Tuesday 11 March. The Gardens’ eight remaining entry gates on Birdwood Avenue, Anderson Street, and Alexandra Avenue will be open from 7.30am to sunset as usual.