Gone: Shady Lane residents Leonie Seedsman and Dawn Hanson protest the removal of a 100-year-old forest red gum.
Gone: Shady Lane residents Leonie Seedsman and Dawn Hanson protest the removal of a 100-year-old forest red gum. Crystal Spencer

100yo Banora Point tree cut down

A MAJESTIC forest red gum that had stood in Shady Lane, Banora Point for 100 years was felled yesterday after being poisoned by vandals.

Shady Lane resident Leonie Seedsman said the tree took a century to grow but only one day to cut it down.

“It is just heartbreaking; the tree was a safe haven for koalas and birds,” Ms Seedsman said.

Ms Seedsman said she understood the tree had been poisoned, the reason Tweed Shire Council had it removed.

“I know it was poisoned, but two-thirds of the tree is still okay. The structural integrity of the tree is safe,” Ms Seedsman said.

It was recommended to the council that when removing the poisoned tree, several metres of the trunk be left in-situ and a sign mounted on the trunk advising that the tree was killed in an act of vandalism and requesting any information in regard to the poisoning.

“Council's tree-management officers inspected a large mature forest red gum in Shady Lane Banora Point in response to a customer work request expressing concern that the tree was diseased and contained die back,” a council report said.

“Upon inspection, several drill marks approximately 8mm in diameter were noted in the base of the tree, indicating the tree had been deliberately poisoned, supported by the fact that the pattern of dieback in the tree matches the drill areas.

“A tree inspection report dated 21.2.2007 reported the tree to be in very good condition. Council's arborist and an independent arborist have both undertaken pruning on this tree and found no evidence of pest, disease or lightning strike to indicate natural dieback.”



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