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STORM DAMAGE IN BOOYEEMBARA PARK

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, storm, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on May 30, 2020

 

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Yesterday’s storm did a bit of damage in Fremantle’s Booyeembara Park, with one tree uprooted and several others losing big branches.

It is a lovely park to have a quite walk in though and watch some of the wildlife.

Roel Loopers

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AUTUMN LEAVES CREATIONS

Posted in art, autumn, city of fremantle, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on May 26, 2020

 

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Fallen leaves always create a sense of nostalgia in me. My mind goes back to the autumns and winters I spent in the Netherlands and Germany, and the thick carpets of fallen leaves in the forests, and that rustling sound the dry ones make when one walks through them.

I am a bit of an old romantic, so this morning on my way to Chalkys cafe at the Roundhouse I took these two photos in High Street.

Looking for beauty in everything makes life very special.

Roel Loopers

SOUTH BEACH PINES TO BE PRUNED

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, south beach, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on January 30, 2020

 

 

Arborists will attend to some of the Norfolk pine trees at Fremantle’s South Beach after there were reports yesterday of branches breaking off and heavy seedpods falling down.

One eager tree pruner was waiting for his colleagues this morning, but maybe not so clever to do that under one of the trees. At least he was wearing a hard hat. ; >)

The reason for the branches to break off, as also happened at the Esplanade and Point Walter, is that this season the seedpods are growing further away from the tree trunk and are also much bigger and heavier, some claim that is due to lack of water.

Roel Loopers

TOO MANY SEEDS ON FREO NORFOLK PINES

Posted in city of fremantle, esplanade reserve, local government, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on December 14, 2019

 

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Arborists are busy high up on the Fremantle Esplanade this hot Saturday morning to try and make the Norfolk pine trees safe and stop branches from falling down.

Excessive and heavy seed pods are to blame this season, so pods and tree branches are removed where deemed necessary by the experts.

Roel Loopers

 

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SEEDY BUSINESS AT FREMANTLE ESPLANADE

Posted in city of fremantle, esplanade reserve, local government, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on December 13, 2019

 

 

Large parts of the Fremantle Esplanade reserve have been cordoned off because of the fear of large branches of the Norfolk Island pines falling down, after an unusual  growth of heavy seed pods, much further away from the tree trunks, is making the branches too heavy.

Contractors are on site to cut down branches and remove excessive seed pods. This is also happening at South Beach and Parmelia Park.

Roel Loopers

 

EAST FREO BLOOMING JACARANDAS

Posted in city of fremantle, nature, town of east fremantle, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on November 28, 2019

 

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The sight of the Jacarandas blooming in George Street is one I always enjoy at the East Fremantle Festival, but I walked there on Wednesday and took some photos.

We in Fremantle will also be getting to look at the beautiful Jacarandas from late next year when they will be lining the entire Kings Square.

The George Street Festival is on again this coming Sunday all afternoon, so make sure to take part in the fun!

Roel Loopers

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TREE BEAUTY AT OLD SYNAGOGUE TAVERN

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on October 9, 2019

 

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Nice to see that trees are being used to beautify the Fremantle Old Synagogue tavern development at Parry Street.

It will be interesting to see how they’ll grow through the steel frames and intertwine.

Roel Loopers

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WHITE GUM VALLEY VERGES LOOKING GREAT

Posted in city of fremantle, entertainment, gardening, green space, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 21, 2019

 

 

Driving through White Gum Valley it looks like there is a Valley Verges project going on with many home owners planting verge gardens and even vegetable gardens.

They are assisted by the City of Fremantle’s Verge Preparation Assistance Scheme which offers free mulch and street trees, subsidised native plants and expert advise.

It’s looking great already!

Roel Loopers

HOLLIS PARK PLANTING DAY

Posted in city of fremantle, gardening, nature, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on June 27, 2019

 

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Plenty of rain in Fremantle currently and that is going to last for a while according to BOM, but that should not deter anyone from participating in Saturday’s Hollis Park community planting event.

It is on from 10am.

Roel Loopers

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MOST TREES RETAINED AT HIGH STREET UPGRADE

 

MAINROADS has issued a statement concerning the preservation of trees at the Fremantle High Street Upgrade project, which I post in part below.

There is still no word if the City of Fremantle will receive land at Clontarf Hill in exchange for the loss of CoF land for the High Street Upgrade.

Since Commonwealth and State funding was received in May 2017, we have been working in partnership with the City of Fremantle to develop a concept plan that meets the key objective of improving safety on High Street, while minimising impacts to the surrounding environment – particularly established trees. These measures include:

Overall clearing footprint: There are 245 large trees in the project area between Carrington Street and Stirling

Highway. While earlier versions of this project would have required significant clearing, our final concept design retains at least 178 (or 72%) of these trees. 67 (28%) will be cleared.

Nesting hollows: No current or potential nesting hollows for black cockatoos or other species are impacted by the project.

Future potential breeding trees: 64 (of 245) trees within the project area are considered to be future potential breeding trees (there is no current evidence of breeding).

The project will retain at least 48 (75%) of these trees. 16 (25%) will be cleared.

Tuart trees: 31 trees within the project area are tuarts. We’ve changed our design to save at least 13 of these tuarts. This includes specimens close to the Fremantle Netball Centre estimated to be between 40 and 50 years old.

Design changes: The project will provide a tree-lined median between the eastbound and westbound carriageways. While providing an attractive gateway into the city, this measure allows 28 trees to be preserved.

Landscaping and Urban Design: We have developed a Landscape and Urban Design Framework and specified a high standard of urban design for the project through consultation with local stakeholders including the City of Fremantle and the local community. The detailed development of the urban design will involve a coordinated team of urban designers, landscape architects, a public artist and public arts coordinator, and will include further consultation with local stakeholders. The detailed landscaping plan comprises soft landscaping, involving extensive planting and revegetation with species appropriate to the local area. The planting work will be done by a specialist contractor in the first winter following construction completion.

Roel Loopers

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