The old Moreton Bay fig tree at Fremantle’s Kings Square in not in a great condition and arborists are monitoring it carefully.
Experts say soil contamination is to blame for it, not strangulation by the Christmas Tree wires, as alleged by the Fremantle Society.
The plane trees at Kings Square are all being prepared for relocation and are standing in a puddle of muddy water to make them stronger for the journey.
The demolition of the Queensgate building is starting in April and that will be the commencement of the Kings Square Project.
It is quite exiting to see the first preliminary work for the Fremantle Kings Square Project with arborists working on the relocation of the seven plane trees.
Others are conducting open heart surgery on the old Moreton Bay Fig tree that is home to the Christmas tree. The tree has shown signs of distress, but that might just be old age.
No doubt the arborists will advise the City of Fremantle what is wrong with it.
There is a bit of competition at Stirling Highway in North Fremantle for the delightful Bruce Abbott of REPLANTS in Wray Avenue, with a new company selling boabs, grasstrees, zamias, kingias and even christmas trees.
Bruce of course has been recycling grasstrees for many years and is a real expert in that particular species.
Buy your XMas tree or boabs on-line at: http://www.margaretrivergrasstrees.com
The wet and cold weather did not deter a committed group of Fremantle volunteers, including Mayor Brad Pettitt, COF staff and MP Josh Wilson from planting trees on Sunday at South Beach, Bathers Beach and Wilson Park for the Planet Ark National Tree Day.
It is interesting to note in that context the call by Sue Murphy, the chief executive of the WA Water Corporation, for more appropriate verges and to get away from grassed verges to conserve water.
This will not please those who believe we have a right to the Great Australian Dream of houses with large front and back gardens and grass verges. As Sue Murphy said this is not appropriate for our Perth climate and we have to become more realistic about it and plant more trees and shrubs and minimise so-called heat islands in the suburbs.
I believe any new residential development should also be required to install rainwater tanks, as the fast increasing population is a severe threat to our water supply. I hope local and state governments will legislate for that soon.
A tree reflected in a big puddle after heavy rain, with a single leave floating on the surface. An arty impression of a winter day in Fremantle.
It is nice and crisp in winter and it is very inviting weather to walk around town or do some community work, so why not join the tree planting at Booyeembara Park in White Gum Valley tomorrow, Saturday June 25.
Do some physical work, beautify the area and connect with your community and have a bit of fun. The kids and dogs can run around while you are help planting the future green lungs of Fremantle.
It is on from 9 am till noon.
Also on Saturday from 12 to 2.30 is FREO SAFE HAVEN, help the refugees rally and walk, so join in after the tree planting. It is at Pioneer Park opposite the railway station!
FRIENDS OF HOLLIS PARK in South Fremantle got together this Saturday morning to plant another 1,000 trees, to add to the 5,300 they have already planted over the last few years.
It is a great community initiative that will be rewarded with a beautiful local park in the near future just east of South Beach.
Lovely Kate Davis, Greens candidate for the Federal seat of Fremantle also got her hands dirty, and this paparazzi suggested she takes on a large tree to show no issue will be too big for her should she get to Canberra. She is in the photo with organiser Adin Lang.
The Friends of Hollis Park are meeting again on Saturday from 10am till midday to plant more trees in the South Fremantle park.
The aim is to plant 1,000 trees and add to the already planted 5,053 trees there.
The Combi Coffee van will be on site to sell hot coffee and Gage Roads has donated beer to have a drink after the planting.
Green lungs in urban environments are essential for our physical and mental health, so come along with the family and help plant more trees!
The City of Stirling, one of Perth’s largest councils, is in the process of implementing an Urban Forest Strategy to ensure the tree canopy in Stirling will significantly increase over the next years, as the benefits to the community are considered to be high.
I believe there are some very good suggestions that the City of Fremantle should also consider. One of them is that developers would have to replace the trees they remove from sites by planting new ones on public land and verges adjacent to the development sites.
Other suggestions are that developers would have to plant one tree per 500 square metres on development sites, and that Council should give incentives to retain existing trees and also start an education program.
A disturbing fact is that two third of trees removed are removed from residential land.
I don’t believe the word tree alone is good enough and that trees planted by developers have to be mature trees of a minimum age, not just tiny saplings.
On a different note, the City of Stirling has joined the City of Vincent, City of Bayswater and the Town of Mosman Park to lobby State Government to abolish the undemocratic DAPs, or significantly change the process that ignores the wishes of the community. Why has the City of Fremantle not spoken out against the Development Assessment Panels? Might it be because it is convenient to blame the DAPs for inappropriate buildings in Fremantle and Council can wash its hands off it that way?
There is an interesting article on WA Today on-line by reporter Emma Young on the tree canopies of our cities and what they mean to keep temperatures down in our suburbs.
WA Today reports that five Perth Councils engaged Dr Paul Barber of Arbor Carbon, who is also an adjunct professor at Murdoch University, to do a study.
It shows we are not doing very well in the planning department with the modern trend toward smaller blocks with bigger houses and often granny flats, where in the past we had bigger blocks with smaller houses and more green and trees in our gardens.
It is also a worry we cut down mature trees when developing and replace them with younger ones, but that is not the same according to Dr Barber. He said that a mature large tree has a canopy cover of 100 square metres but replacing it with three small trees would provide only 3 metres of cover.
In 2014 evidence collected by the Sydney University of Technology, that ranked Australia’s Councils’ tree canopy, found that the Fremantle, Belmont and Canning areas scored the lowest in Perth for tree cover with around only 10 per cent each.
With Councils failing to take heat islands and the preservation and management of our green spaces serious, and not planning substantially more small green public open spaces, it is no wonder that URBAN TREE NETWORKS are being formed by communities all over Perth.
We just have to become smarter about our urban design and the City of Fremantle need to make the retention of mature trees in new development part of their planning policy.
ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.
Written and authorised by Roel Loopers. 5 Maxwell Street. Beaconsfield 6162.