Bermagui trees to be maintained, not removed

Photograph: The two Mahogany trees adjacent to the Bermagui Surf Club will be the subject of pruning work and retained following a recent community consultation session. Photo: Supplied
Photograph: The two Mahogany trees adjacent to the Bermagui Surf Club will be the subject of pruning work and retained following a recent community consultation session. Photo: Supplied

Two Mahogany trees at the centre of a tree removal dispute between council and the community will not be removed. 

The decision follows a community consultation held by council on September 12 following backlash to a proposal to remove the trees due to safety concerns. 

The trees within Dickinson Park and adjacent to the Bermagui Surf Club, will be subject to remedial pruning to reduce the risks these trees pose and also give the trees the best opportunity of a longer life.

A park bench currently beneath the trees will be relocated as a further risk reduction measure.

To ensure the trees stay in reasonable health, plans are in place to mulch and plant beneath the trees.

Council said this approach will improve tree health by improving soil conditions and reducing soil compaction.

This process will beginning to establish replacement trees and shrubs that will one day provide the shade and amenity once the existing trees deteriorate. 

The mulching will help to define areas and direct vehicle and pedestrian movement, which is a major contributor to the compacted soil conditions around the base of the trees.

The work will take place on Thursday, October 12. For safety reasons, some community facilities may be inaccessible during works.

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