Trees on Council footpaths are dying in Forest Lake

Principal Petitioner Lee Wallace, Forest Lake
Date Closed Tue, 01 Oct 2019 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 4 signatures

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I draw Council's attention to trees planted on Council footpaths (not outside residences), along The Esplanade at Forest Lake. Several of the beautiful immature pine trees lining the start of The Esplanade, near the intersection with Forest Lake Boulevard, have already died. One was replaced after being reported and a watering schedule was requested, but this has not happened. More of these trees look sick and if not watered ASAP, they will die.

Please put a watering schedule in place ASAP. Please do not plant trees if maintenance will not be carried out as it hurts to see trees dying due to lack of water.

Council response

Thank you for your petition requesting that Council put in place a watering schedule for the trees planted on the footpath along The Esplanade, near Forest Lake Boulevard, Forest Lake.

As per Council’s maintenance program, newly planted trees are placed on a scheduled watering program for 12 months. Due to the harsh weather conditions currently being experienced, Council will be increasing the maintenance program for these juvenile street trees to a weekly watering schedule for the next two months, and then fortnightly until the end of January 2020. The tree watering requirements will then be re-evaluated by Council.

Council officers inspected the trees on 8 October 2019 and established that the two trees had died along The Esplanade, Forest Lake, due to the recent weather conditions. The two dead trees will be replaced in early 2020, weather permitting. The increase of watering will mitigate the risk of this occurring again.