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.
Fremantle artist Ross Potter asks the viewers of his work to contemplate their perception of nature through his new exhibition WOOD at PS Art Space, 22 Pakenham Street.
I had a look at the very impressive show in the equally impressive huge heritage warehouse space yesterday and was blown away by the detail in the large drawings.
WOOD is open till October 30 Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 4 pm. Don’t miss 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
My bearded hugable mate Ross Potter is holding his latest exhibition at PS Art Space at 22 Pakenham Street, Fremantle on Saturday October 15 from 6.30-9 pm.
Ross is well known in Fremantle for his delicate sketches of heritage buildings but this WOOD exhibition is all about nature instead of manmade things.
Ross has created detailed and intimate pencil drawings on cotton paper of tree branches and twigs, the largest work is a six-metre long sketch of a small twig given to him by his nephew.
The work invites us to contemplate our perception of the natural world and our relationship with the environment. The artworks give us the opportunity to look at details we often overlook and discover the tiny wonders of nature.
It could be a long night at the Ordinary Council meeting of the City of Fremantle this evening as there is a substantial agenda. It will be a good opportunity to see how local government operates and hear submissions from the public gallery as well as the contemplations of our Elected Members.
The future of the Australia Day fireworks will no doubt be controversial, the outsourcing of the management of the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre should be carefully considered, the future of the Fremantle Oval precinct and a new project manager are a topic, as will be an update on the Kings Square project.
There is also an item on tree protection, which is very important and one on the WA Development Assessment Panels.
I always enjoy observing the democratic process at our Fremantle Council, so why not check it out?
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!