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Monday, 1 July 2013

Questions about tree pruning

At a meeting on between OERA and DTP&I on Tuesday, June 4, several questions regarding tree pruning were put to rail and, as yet, are awaiting a response.

Tree pruning is proposed as a possible means of reducing the number of trees scheduled for removal along the Minchinbury Terrace side of the rail line.

However, it is not clear what rail means by pruning.  Representatives at the June 4 meeting said at that time that:

  • Less than 30% of canopy removed is a minor prune.
  • More than 30% of canopy removed is a major prune.
  • Trimming involves trimming back some of a branch rather than removing the whole branch at the stem.
Other residents making similar inquiries have subsequently  been told that a minor prune involves removing less than 10% of the canopy and a major prune involves removing less than 30%.

Obviously the variations here will substantially alter the overall impact of what will be left of individual trees, particularly the large ones along the rail line.

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