TG for school holidays 27.9.2010


Wouldn’t you think that on the first day of the school holidays you wouldn’t set the alarm for 5:30am (in case there was something tree-related you should be doing)?

As a consequence of having started the day that way and now that it’s 11pm the post is going to be a touch on the short side. How’s the few days (that feel like a month) since I last wrote gone?

I encouraged my family to write in the Not-Sorry books in the library. (Thanks to the friend who knows who she is for coming up with this name.) The Council have a Thing Going On called the Laman Street History Project which will help us remember and celebrate these trees once they are gone. Make sure you write in one.

I’m sure there will be many photos of these trees in the Council’s photobank that will make great shots for the before and after  shots of Laman Street’s desertification for use on election posters. I’m still not quite sure how we let a council get away with removing half the beautiful mature figs from there [Tyrrell Street] with little apparent outcry. I suppose this may have been because we had no idea of how dreadful it was going to be. [And it remains a great reminder of what to avoid.]

  • Thinking about the reasons given for removing half the avenue of mature trees there reminds me of something arboricultural I heard today: an arborist who later become a municipal version thereof suggested tuckeroos as street trees because they
  • will only grow to a height of 3 metres
  • will not drop berries.
  • will not have invasive root systems
  • and will not lift the pavement.
  • – but they did all these things.

The photo above that shows the beautiful tree with the amputated limb is by Bernadette Smith.

One of our number made the obvious point to me recently that it really is about time that governments started looking at alternatives to pavement and root grinding to avoid trip hazards, and that perhaps it’s time for a modern version of the boardwalk.

A visitor to the street on the weekend made the lovely suggestion that there should be a boardwalk through the canopy: imagine what a tourist attraction that would be. There are some lovely pictures of a similar thing in the Daintree here.

There continue to be daily vigils from 5 to 7pm in Laman Street. These are going to go right up to the court case which is on next week. Last week, on average, 60 signatures were added to petitions each night. Tonight, one of the most memorable things that happened was a family that stopped when they saw the group because their children wanted to know what was going on.

When you concentrate so much on the issue, it comes as a surprise that there are people who don’t know about it. They were very keen to sign the petition once they heard and the children could not believe that anyone would want to do such an awful and unnecessary thing.The birds are an amazing sight when you sit there enjoying the street and we finish just as the flying foxes arrive. We all hope we’ll see some microbats but it’s not likely.

Anyway, I seriously need a rest. Back to the fray in the morning. Home

This is how you make a street ugly so that people stop feeling attached to it


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One Response to “TG for school holidays 27.9.2010”

  1. chatty Says:

    It was beautiful and serene at the Laman Street Vigil tonight when i arrived. I wondered down throught the trees looking at the creative contributions from citizens that have decorated our gorgeous giant monuments to the past, present and future. A lot of the stuffed toys have gone, one bear was rescued from the fountain last night, but new things are appearing all the time. There was a wedding ceremony on Friday night where Theresa married Mr Fig in front of a large crowd of happy onlookers.

    It’s so refreshing to spend some time with the trees and their inhabitants each night. And as a friend said, (you know who you are!!) “this is history making stuff”. So come and join us and help save the Laman Street fig trees from the Newcastle Council axe.

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