A SIGNIFICANT number of dead and ‘sick’ pine and sugar gum trees near the Saw Avenue picnic area in Kings Park will be removed, concerning local environmentalists.
Nedlands resident and Save Our Trees promoter Alex Jones said she was concerned that there was no accountability for the large number of trees that had been removed from the park.
“I think it leads to degradation of the park as a whole, the canopy has been reduced and that is combined with the widespread use of herbicides throughout the park,” Ms Jones said.
Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority acting chief executive Marcelle Broderick said assessment of the trees identified that about 85 per cent of the 200 trees were either dead or in a state of advanced decline.
“All of the pines will be removed as a risk management strategy and the area will be progressively replanted with native species,” Ms Broderick said.
“Contractors have commenced dismantling the trees with all the debris being mulched on site for use in specific areas in Kings Park where the mulch is considered suitable, and the works are expected to take two weeks to complete.
“On other occasions in the past, including very recent times, the decision has been made to use the felled wood for wood craft items, furniture or log seating as required in the park.”
Ms Jones queried how the trees, which had been sprayed over the years, had died.
“The trees should have been nurtured and looked after and the area should have been kept as a pine forest; it is of heritage value to the park, it was shady, enjoyable, lots of children used to play there and I’m sure many birds would have used the pines,” she said.
The first stage of replanting the site will start in winter, with a range of species native to the Kings Park bushland, including some selected specifically to provide a future food source for Carnaby’s cockatoos.
These include corymbia calophylla, eucalyptus gomphocephala, eucalyptus marginata, banksia sessilis, banksia attenuata, banksia menziesii, banksia prionotes and acacia saligna.