A GROUP of Cudgen residents have called on Tweed Shire Council to step up maintenance on the town's memorial fig trees, after a massive branch fell and cut power earlier in the week.
A tree on the corner of Clarke and Crescent Streets snapped off in high winds on Tuesday night, cutting power for up to five hours.
Resident Jim King said council needed to step up maintenance on the trees and possibly trim them in a different way to usual.
He said no-one wanted the trees removed, just council to assess their safety and undertake maintenance more regularly.
"They need to be trimmed. If we don't do the work now we could lose them in a more tragic way," he said.
Council recreation ser- vices manager Stewart Brawley said they would send an expert next week to inspect the trees and if they found community concerns were valid, they would increase maintenance.
He said cutting them down presented problems as they had been nominated for heritage listing.
The trees were planted as a memorial for locals who served in World War II.