Bunya Trees Receive New Life

Tuesday, 8th March, 2016

There is light at the end of the tunnel following the devastating loss of the Barker Street Bunya Pine Trees.

Ms Ann Byrnes has kindly donated a number of seedlings to be replanted in Strathfield Park following the poisoning of the historic pines. The seedlings were collected from the original Bunya Pines.

The pines were poisoned and vandalised in a rare attack in late 2014. It is still unclear who orchestrated the attacks and why.

The two vandalised trees had enormous amenity value and were listed within Strathfield Council’s Tree of Significance Register.

“Strathfield is popular for its heritage style houses and gardens. These trees were a significant of Strathfield and their loss has been felt throughout the community”, Mayor of Strathfield, Councillor Ok said.

Tree vandalism is illegal under Council’s Tree Protection Order. Council is still investigating the incident and would like to identify those responsible for the damage.

It was estimated the trees were 70 years old. The donated seedlings will be planted in Strathfield Park in memory of the community’s loss.

Residents who may have any information that can assist are asked to contact Strathfield Council on 9748 9999 or council@strathfield.nsw.gov.au.

 

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