Seaspray's iconic cypress trees hold sentimental value

Seaspray Ratepayers' Association would like to see the beachside town's iconic trees preserved for as long as possible, after local calls to see them felled following safety concerns.
Seaspray Ratepayers' Association would like to see the beachside town's iconic trees preserved for as long as possible, after local calls to see them felled following safety concerns.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

From Kaylene Wheeler, president, Seaspray Ratepayers' Association:

I WRITE to you on behalf of the Seaspray Ratepayers' Association with regards to the article headlined 'Calls for iconic trees to be felled' (Gippsland Times 1/10).

The trees in question are cypress trees, which were planted on Seaspray Rd in the mid-1930s and have since become one of the most recognisable landmarks of our seaside town.

Just before Easter this year, a resident noticed a tree trunk on one of the trees had split.

After reporting the damage to Wellington Shire Council, VicRoads attended promptly to implement temporary safety measures, which have since been replaced with a more substantial solution, with the aim of prolonging the life of the tree.

While it is understood by all the trees do have a limited lifespan and that safety to motorists and pedestrians is of utmost importance, the affection the Seaspray community has for these trees is significant.

It is with this in mind, the Seaspray Ratepayers' Association would like to acknowledge the attention, care and maintenance VicRoads has given the trees with the aim of maintaining our much-loved cypress trees for as long as is safely viable.

And, regardless of the outcome, the association will know the VicRoads response team has done all it could to preserve our trees, and we look forward to the trees welcoming all who drive into Seaspray for hopefully many years to come.