Council is renewing the western footpath on Station Street, Wentworth Falls, by replacing the 10 existing claret ash trees with 10 lipstick maple trees.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are the trees being replaced?
The existing trees (claret ash) have been there for about 25 years and their roots do not have enough room for further growth, causing damage that is potentially unsafe to pedestrians and detrimental to the streetscape.
What is wrong with the existing claret ash trees?
Damage to the ten existing claret ash trees varies. Some are stunted because their roots cannot grow any further, while others have grown moderately. When Council lifts the pavement they will all be damaged. To achieve an even footpath, roots would need to be cut, further compromising the trees.
Will the streetscape look different?
Although the new lipstick maples will be smaller initially (3-4 metres), they will quickly grow to the scale of the current trees (8-10 metres). Visually, there will not be much difference but the root system of the new trees will provide a longer-lasting option.