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Tree works: Blue Tree 19 May 2021

Tree works to remove a failing tree will be carried out near the North side of Caley Drive on 19 May 2021.

The tree was originally painted more than 20 years ago to raise awareness about the importance of the retention of dead trees for wildlife habitat in our natural environment.

The tree became a popular landmark at the Garden and offered a creative opportunity for visitors to learn how trees play a crucial role within their ecosystems for maintaining biodiversity while living and long after they have died.

Despite this tree dying in the 1960’s, most likely as a result of a lightning strike, each tree species varies in its rate of decay. The hard nature of this Eucalyptus crebra (Ironbark) species, considered one of the hardest woods in the world, has enabled the tree to last a further 60 years in the landscape beyond its +150 year growing life. Based on the results of a detailed Arborist inspection, the tree has lost several large branches and its structure is no longer stable. For the safety of our visitors we will remove the remaining parts of the tree in the near future.

Works with some associated noise will start from 7.00 am to 3.00 pm. The area will be closed for pedestrian access with signs and barricades.