OUT: Norfolk Pine trees near Bulwer Park to be cut. Picture: Shutterstock
The eThekwini municipality has notified the public that it intends to remove 18 Norfolk Pine trees, in excess of 30m tall, which currently line the edge of Bulwer Park along Helen Joseph Road.
According to the municipality, this forms part of the Bulwer Park framework plan that proposed the development and upgrade of the park into one that serves the needs of the community.
A foot path connecting various areas of the park and an outdoor gym were completed recently, as was the refurbishment of a tractor and a steamroller for children to clamber on.
The Norfolk Pine trees were identified for removal with regards to safety among other reasons.
“Due to rot and age, a number of older trees within the park have fallen in recent months,” said Johnathan Edkins, head of the city architecture unit.
“As the trees in question are already leaning heavily, there is great concern that the trees will fall towards the adjacent properties.
“As a result of the height of these trees there is also an additional risk for them to be struck by lightning – the most recent incident being September 22 last year.”
The Norfolk Pines are also classified as exotics and, as such, hold no ecological value within the park.
“As part of the overall upgrade of the park, exotics were identified for removal to both thin out the park canopy and to allow the indigenous planting to come through. The removal of the Norfolk Pines is one step in restoring the park’s vegetation closer to the original coastal forest that the older indigenous trees once formed part of,” Edkins said.
In a statement, the municipality said it would like to assure residents that the removal of trees was not taken lightly and due consideration was given when decisions were taken to remove any vegetation. – 701424
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