Council removing hazardous trees
Horsham council staff have identified and removed several hazardous trees as part of a routine council tree-inspection program.
The inspection process manages the risks associated with potentially hazardous trees, improving overall community safety.
Trees marked for removal in this round of inspections include one at 25 Bowden Street, two trees in Ss Michael and John’s church car park with another undergoing on a third tree, and four trees on the river front near the Wimmera River bridge.
Horsham Rural City Council technical services director John Martin said the inspection process was necessary to gain insight into the overall health and stability of trees in the area.
“Often trees can look fine but testing of the structure can prove otherwise,” he said.
“The tree in Bowden Street, for example, had significant vertical cracking of the trunk and its inner core was in a deteriorated condition.
“That left only a relatively small thickness of the cracked trunk to support its weight, which is obviously very dangerous.”
Mr Martin said the council needed ‘from time to time’ to remove hazardous trees.
He said the council would replace the trees with species suitable for each area.
HAZARDOUS: An elm tree the Horsham council removed in Bowden Street.