Coun­cil re­mov­ing haz­ardous trees

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

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.

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