Protecting Melbourne’s trees

Carlton Gardens

Carlton Gardens [Source: Visual City]

The Age reports that the City of Melbourne will undertake a program of urgent replacement and rehabilitation of trees over the next year. Due to prolonged drought conditions Melbourne will look overseas to countries with similar climates to provide robust tree species. With approximately 25,000 native and 25,000 exotic trees in streets and parks around the municipality any large reduction in trees would represent an enormous loss for the city. The program will remove 900 trees and replace these with 1500 drought tolerant species. Water-saving landscaping will also be undertaken around Alexandra Avenue, East Melbourne and North Melbourne. Introduced species that have worked well are pines and oaks from the Mediterranean and the Middle East, Queensland Kauri and native fig trees.

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