Cherry trees ‘dangerous’

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Pipped... Salford St resident Jude Macgregor sits on one of the cherry tree roots which makes the grass around the tree hard to mow and which sends up suckers near the house owned by her partner. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

Two Salford St residents are pipped with the cherry trees planted in the grass verge outside their houses.

The trees are maintained by the Gore District Council.

Jude Macgregor and Irene Roy have lived in the street for more than 30 years.

Ms Macgregor said the trees were a nuisance.

“You can’t mow round them to keep the grass nice outside because of their root system,” Ms Macgregor said.

Suckers from the trees’ root systems were popping up in the lawn and garden close to the house owned by her partner and she was concerned they would damage the foundations of the house.

The council had recently repaired a section of footpath a tree root had uplifted.

However, this had been done in the past and in her opinion the footpath would lift again.

“This is the second time it’s been replaced,” Ms Macgregor said.

She did not “hate trees” but they needed to be planted in the right place, she said.

Mrs Roy said when she and her family moved into the street in 1984 the trees were young.

“We stopped our kids from climbing on them and breaking them because they were little,” she said.

She believed the trees were “dangerous”.

“They’re starting to rot.

“This one right outside our house had a split in the branch lengthwise which has since been removed.”

The shape of the tree was “horrendous”.

While the trees did look beautiful when they were flowering “they’re past their best-by date”.

Both women would like to see the trees gone.

Gore District Council parks and recreation manager Ian Soper said the cherry trees in Salford St were in good health.

“Gore is renowned for its tree-lined streets, with cherry trees (Prunus) the species of choice as they are small trees, able to grow to maturity in a roadside berm and underneath overhead services,” Mr Soper said.

“Gore has a long history of having welcoming urban streetscapes, a legacy of our town’s founders that we have a duty to look after.

” It makes no sense to cut down a mature specimen tree that is thriving and in a suitable location.”

The trees had large, anchor roots within an inner root zone and smaller, feeder roots that travelled further out.

“Given most homes are at least 8 to 10 metres away from trees, these smaller roots would not be big enough to cause any structural damage.”

The council’s footpath maintenance programme took into account the long-term impact of tree roots.