Community to comment on fig trees
FREMANTLE residents will get a chance to comment on the future of two distressed moreton bay fig trees in Kings Square.
Kings Square project director Russell Kingdom said the City had been monitoring the moreton bay figs in Kings Square and Fremantle since 2008.
“More recent assessments have shown a rapid decline in health of two of the trees that were being retained as part of the Kings Square public realm concept design,” he said.
“The council will be seeking community feedback soon to help decide on whether to keep these trees or replace them with mature, healthy trees.”
A report to the council said one of the unwell fig trees, which is 120 to 140 years old, was in significant decline, with damage done to the roots in the 1980s, and it had 80 to 90 per cent foliage loss.
The other tree had improved health until March 14, when the tree had a ‘limb failure’ and a large branch fell to the footpath below.
This follows the tree relocation which began earlier this month, with a london plane tree being relocated elsewhere in the Square.
Mr Kingdom said there were plenty of curious onlookers who were intrigued by the process.
“The london plane trees were carefully prepared for around 12 months for this relocation, which included the trimming of roots and extra irrigation,” he said.
“By moving them in the cooler months and ensuring they are given a good supply of water, we’re confident they’ll flourish in their new locations.
“After their relocations, most trees in Kings Square will be far away enough from any building activities to prevent any damage.”
Any trees closer to demolition or construction activities will be managed with fencing and exclusion zones.
The community will be able to comment on the business plan on My Say Freo website until July 5.
One of the unwell fig trees in Kings Square is reported to be between 120 and 140 years old.