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Monterey Cypress damaged by extreme wind

The beautiful Monterey Cypress (Hesperocyparis macrocarpa) at the Hopetoun/Embankment steps (west of Long Island) at Melbourne Gardens suffered extensive damage as a result of the recent high winds. 

This is a much loved tree, by both the Garden’s visitors and staff alike. As a result, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria’s team of expert aborists have dedicated a lot of time to assessing the safety of the tree.  

After thorough inspection, the team have ascertained that unfortunately it will not be possible to save it. The damage has been too extensive, and as the tree is nearing the end of its lifecycle failures of this kind are likely to continue occurring.

Works will commence soon to remove the tree. This decision hasn’t come lightly and is a sad one for the entire team at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, but a necessary part of the circle of life. Propagation material has been collected and a young tree will be planted in the Gardens in the future.

While works are undertaken, we have closed several paths nearby as a safety precaution. Please detour via the Grey Garden steps, past the Southern China collection or by the Rose Pavilion during this time. We hope to have this completed by the end of August 2018.

Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.

The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria team.

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