Ageing Poplars Prompts Removal

The Council will be removing a number of Lombardy poplars at the Ashley Gorge Reserve that are in decline due to their age, following a recommendation from an expert arborist.

Aerial view of Ashley River and Lombardy poplars“Many of the trees show signs of die-back, more have blown over and one has fallen into the reserve,” says Council’s Green Space Manager Grant MacLeod. “They need to be removed to keep people safe.”

The trees border a poplar picnic spot and playground along the edge of Williams Flat at the Ashley Gorge Reserve.

An initial assessment of the trees three years ago resulted in the removal of 28 trees in the first part of a staged removal as assessments indicated they could fail in strong wind.

A further 38 will be felled during the week of 23 November and options for their replacement will be determined in consultation with the Ashley Gorge Reserve Advisory Group.

“Previous plantings of both native and exotic species have provided for the replacement of the poplars, and in time, new trees and plantings will provide ongoing protection to the edge of the reserve from high river flows, as well as providing an attractive edge to the reserve area”, says Grant.

Previous plantings provide In time, new planting will provide both ongoing protection of the edge of the reserve from high river flows, and an attractive row of trees that define the edge of the reserve

The tree team from Asplundh will remove the trees in an area between the changing rooms and the bridge. The remaining 32 Lombardy poplars upstream of the area will be monitored with removals undertaken as required.

The picnic area will be closed to the public while felling is underway.

The work is expected to be completed by Friday 27 November, ready to welcome back visitors in time for summer.