Photo: Tyrrell St tree roots cut by council 2001

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This picture, taken by Doug Lithgow, was sent to me by Sharon.On Council’s website, in a section on the history of problems with Hill’s Figs, they attribute the failure of a tree in Tyrrell St to the fact that a “150mm root was cut”: they were working on a pipe and they alleged that the pipe was holding the tree up.

This picture clearly shows that it wasn’t a 150mm root at all.

At the charade, the chief arborist tried to tell me that the reason only half the trees in Tyrrell St were dangerous was because they were different heights compared with the ones at the top of the hill. This is a bit bizarre since the trees that remain are different heights anyway. Those on the northern side are much taller. And isn’t it funny that a council officer last year told me on the phone that the reason the trees were dangerous was because they were in a “hollow”? Maybe they need to get their story straight.  Home

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