Fig tree survives beige 23.5.2011

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I paid a visit to the remaining mature (some arborists would say ‘ageing’) Hill’s fig in Steel Street on Sunday to see how the guttering work treated it.

It looks as though the new and old parts of the gutter meet up on each side of the tree so I assume no roots were cut. This is the street where a major branch failed in a Hill’s fig one hundred metres to the south  leading to the loss of the whole tree a month or so ago and the prospect of damage to one of three surviving figs (out of seven in the area before the beige development started) was a worry.

Heaven knows what effect hot tar has on trees but I suppose they’ve been dealing with that for years. Maybe that’s what we mean by ‘harsh urban environments’.

I’m told by a resident that new trees are being planted – congrats.

There are some beautiful figs in Bruce Street in Cooks Hill and the guttering/drain/whatever work next to one of them is a worry. I can’t wait till it’s finished. Fortunately we don’t use outdated practices like cutting roots – or do we? Some residents thought they saw this happen but I hope they were mistaken.

And we protect the root zone of trees whenever we’re working near them – but see the photo with a great lump of tar dumped onto the roots.

I suppose these trees have been parked on by cars forever so what’s a bit more abuse?

On a (rare for me) positive note, it was heartening to see the piles of mulch near some more ageing mature (council even called these ‘heritage’) figs in Broadmeadow. A sign has even gone up to educate residents about the need to stop putting grass clippings around their bases. Fantastic.

And some nice bits and pieces of news: biodegradable clingfilm has been developed. Not surprising, I suppose: I have some work magazines delivered, wrapped in biodegradable plastic-lookalike. I can finally look forward to less guilt when I cover leftovers.

And our new State Liberal MP (the first as we all know in almost a century) has briefed Council on the government’s priorities – mentioned here in an article about coordinated lobbying by politicians for the good of the region. The only problem was that Mr Owen wouldn’t tell the media what the priorities were.

Angela Merkel in Germany aims to end the use of nuclear power by 2022 and 33 000 people visit Isaac Newton’s apple tree every year.

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