I AM writing in reference to a point I made on the Gippsland Times Facebook page regarding the unsightly photos of the trees that had been cut around power lines in Stead St, Sale.
My concern is the trees that have been planted on the nature strips along King George Avenue (York St), Sale.
They are White Cedars and can grow up to 12 metres high and they have been placed directly under overhead power lines.
I am unsure why these trees were chosen, but I believe it may be because they are fast growing and need little maintenance (until they grow close or above power lines).
This not only will create a fire and health risk, but also further maintenance costs for the trees to be trimmed, most likely in some beautiful fashion as those photographed.
This area is the main highway coming in from the north and the council is supposed to be beautifying the area.
I do not call this type of tree suitable for beautification in later years.
The trees also produce berries that may be fatal if eaten by children or domestic animals.
This is a school zone area and a popular area for people to walk their pets.
The Australian National Botanic Gardens website www.anbg.gov.au also cautions that the tree can also be a weed, although it doesn’t state for Victoria.
After some research, I spoke with the Wellington Shire Council employee in charge of deciding on the type of trees to be planted.
I pointed out my concerns about the height the trees grow and the risk of a fatality if the berries were eaten.
His response was laughter and he said he had done his research and had heard of no one dying.
That may be so, but the government’s National Botanic Gardens website does warn about the risk.
Is it going to take the death of a child or a domestic animal for the council to realise they have made a mistake?
These trees only generally have a life span of 20 years — so is this really investing in the future beautification of the entry into Sale?
The trees are deciduous and drop their berries, making the area untidy.
Residents will have clean up berries and leaves from the nature strip.
This is a major walking and running area for all ages, as well as wheelchair users and scooters transporting the elderly.
The road needs to be clean to prevent accidents.
All the extra trees being planted on highway median strips are blocking drivers’ views, losing leaves to create dangerous walking areas, falling limbs … and the list can go on.
Council might consider transplanting some of the King George Avenue trees to more suitable areas and rethink what plants might be more suitable.