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Kempsey Shire Council to Remove Big Trees

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Three big trees in Kempsey Shire Council are on the chopping block. The three trees in question are two cedars on the corner of Belgrave and John Street and the poinciana tree at the entrance of the Kempsey-Macleay RSL club.

The two cedar trees have roots that are damaging the pavement and infrastructure under the ground. Cedar trees take up a lot of space and so are better suited for parks, rather than streets. The council plan to keep the wood to make public furniture or use the timber in a sustainable way.

The poinciana tree will have to be removed because of damage incurred in May. It’s an old tree with local significance and local Civic Service coordinator Steve Pellen said it was a pity that it had to go. The ltree lost a load-bearing limb in May and the tree has since withered.

The Kempsey Council will replace those trees with ones that are more appropriate for the location. Trees are an asset to any community, providing cleaner air, catching rainwater and providing shade during the summer months, therefore Kempsey Council will replace the trees with ones that are more appropriate for the location and suited to the community as a whole.

Source: http://www.macleayargus.com.au/story/1686014/big-trees-have-to-go/?cs=1526

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