09 November 2019
When is a tree dead?
There has been some interesting words used to describe the removal of gum trees from a Mount Barker site this week. Wednesday's paper described them as being moved, and yet we all know that transplanting a large gum tree usually results in its death and cutting one down always results in death. Council contractors cut three trees at their base which by my reckoning meant they killed them. And yet they were described as being relocated and that the they will die as if that will be in the future! It is, however, of benefit to habitat for the trees to be lifted to a new location on the same site as dead trees and not as logs or wood chips. Disappointingly, Minister Knoll has ruled out toughening 2011 legislation that has enabled the acceleration of tree removal to the detriment of everyone.