Protester Lynne Hargreaves says whoever poisoned the tree did not think about the greater community.
Protester Lynne Hargreaves says whoever poisoned the tree did not think about the greater community. John Gass

Protester saddened by poisoning

THE protester who chained herself to a tree in August is disappointed that it was removed last week.

Lynne Hargreaves has not been to the site on the banks of Currumbin Creek since she heard the 80-year-old Camphor Laurel was poisoned.

"I'm very disappointed," Ms Hargreaves said.

"I haven't been able to go down there at all."

Ms Hargreaves said she still had no regrets doing the seven-day protest.

While protesting, the tree campaigner collected 700 signatures on a petition to save the trees and she caught the attention of many residents who visited to show their support.

"I'm just sad for the community," she said.

"The whole point was to try and get more consultation with the community on these issues."

Gold Coast City Council said in a statement that the two camphor laurel trees were poisoned and required removal.

"Last month, someone illegally entered the construction site and drilled holes at the base of the trees, filling them with an unknown substance," the statement said.

"Despite treating the trees as directed by council's arborist, it was confirmed that the trees were irreversibly dying."

The two trees were initially earmarked for removal to construct a boardwalk on Currumbin Creek's southern bank inciting Ms Hargreaves to stage the protest.

The protest ended when the council agree to review the boardwalk plants to save the trees.

"I think whoever poisoned the tree has got a lot on their conscious," she said.

"Your selfish wishes have become before the community.

"The people's voices should be heard. You have shown the children that it doesn't matter."

Ms Hargreaves said she was "disappointed but not defeated" and would take a stand again if required.

Two large camphor laurel trees have been removed.
Two large camphor laurel trees have been removed. John Gass


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