Council planting for the future

Following community consultation in September last year, Alpine Shire Council will remove and replace a row of declining poplar trees at the western entrance to Myrtleford.
The trees line the Myrtle Street median strip between Prince Street and Club Savoy, and are all in various conditions with the majority in poor health or decline.
Council’s Acting Manager Asset Maintenance Rory Hazeldine said the poplar species was unsuitable for the location and the trees had caused significant damage to surrounding infrastructure.
“We sought community feedback regarding the removal of the poplar trees in September last year and the majority of it was positive, with many business owners pleased something would be done to improve driver visibility,” Mr Hazeldine said.
“Since this time council has managed to secure a contribution from VicRoads to repair the damaged kerb. This has meant we have the ability to now carry out the whole works at once, rather than in a staged approach.
“As the majority of the trees are in either poor health or decline and there will be further impact from the kerb repairs, Council will remove all the trees and look to replant with more suitable Maple species being Crimson Sentry and Bowhall, similar to that in Clyde Street.
“We understand that trees are critically important to tourism, not to mention their immense value to residents and we do not take these decisions lightly.”
To ensure the new trees long-term health, water wells and root directors will be placed with each tree, which will ensure the trees roots are receiving the water and root directors will encourage the roots to grow down, not out, which in-turn will protect the kerb.
Works will commence following the Easter long weekend so there will be minimum disruption to the town.

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