Palm tree finds new home

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS/PEOPLE -

SIXTY years in the mak­ing and worth more than $20,000 – the Mans­field Shire luck­ily did not have to wait for their newly ac­quired palm tree to grow up.

In­stead, they have ac­quired the 17 me­tre monster and suc­cess­fully re-housed it to the Mans­field Botanic Park af­ter a gen­er­ous lo­cal do­na­tion.

“A res­i­dent from Reynolds Street was putting on ex­ten­sions to her home and it was in the way,” Mans­field Shire Coun­cil field works co­or­di­na­tor Tim David­son said.

“She of­fered it to us as long we re­moved it.

“It’s a real coup for the coun­cil … it’s a great tree.”

It took a dig­ger, crane, truck, po­lice es­cort and more than 10 hours of man power to achieve, but the palm now sits hap­pily in its new home.

“These trees are very good to trans­plant,” Mr David­son said.

“They have a high suc­cess rate so hope­fully ours will thrive.”

ON THE MOVE: The Mans­field Shire Coun­cil re­lo­cated a 17 me­tre palm tree last week.

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