Sydney Blue Gums to be felled

Unsafe trees to be removed from Hillcrest Road in Pennant Hills

Hornsby Shire Council will soon remove two large Sydney Blue Gums on Hillcrest Road in Pennant Hills that have become unsafe. According to expert reports there has been some recent fungal invasion of lower parts of the trees that has made them unsafe.

This comes on the back of a recent announcement by Ku-ring-gai council that it has been working to preserve the very same species of trees in Turramurra.

HillcrestBlueGumRemoval2“This is very unfortunate and we don’t like doing it, but the safety of residents must be our top priority,” Hornsby Mayor Steve Russell said.

“Council has obtained advice from independent arborists who have concluded the trees have reached the end of their useful life and the risk is no longer acceptable.”

Council stated via social media that three replacement trees will be planted in a re-paved footpath area once the existing tree have been removed.

Wildlife rescue service WIRES will be there when the trees are felled to care for any birds found nesting in them, while the timber will be recycled if possible.

The work is expected to take place within the next three weeks and will require the closure of Hillcrest Road between Yarrara Road and Geeves Lane for several hours.

Council has apologised for any inconvenience caused by the road closure.

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