Two more historic Norfolk pines face the axe at Byron Bay

ANOTHER two Norfolk Pines at the entrance of Byron Bay have been declared beyond saving and will be cut down next week, Byron Shire Council has said.

The trees in Shirley Street face the axe next Tuesday and follow the removal last year of five other Norfolk Pines from the street.

In a written statement, Byron Shire Council infrastructure services director Phil Holloway said the council had worked with "a number of independent arborists" in an attempt to save the historic trees, but those efforts had failed.

The trees, as with the five removed last year, were badly damaged in a hail storm in 2013 and have not recovered.

"Despite treatment and additional care programs, we had to remove five trees at the end of 2014 and we've now lost another two," Mr Holloway is quoted saying in the statement.

"Staff will continue to monitor and care for the remaining trees, but it could be that the trees are nearing the end of their lifespan and will need to be replaced over the coming years.

"Once the trees have been removed, replacement juvenile Norfolk Pines will be planted to maintain the avenue effect."

As well as removing the two doomed pines, the council would also prune dead branches from other trees remaining in the street.

The works were expected to run from 7am to 5pm on Tuesday, October 20.

The council is requesting motorists not park their cars on the road verge between Milton St and Dryden St, both sides of the road.

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