Work saves fig trees

Byron Council workers undertake remedial works to save the two fig trees in Jonson Street.
Byron Council workers undertake remedial works to save the two fig trees in Jonson Street.

Late last year, they were earmarked for removal. But work carried out last week will ensure the two fig trees on either side of the pedestrian crossing in Jonson Street, Byron Bay will remain for the foreseeable future.

Byron Council wanted to remove the trees because of the trip hazards to pedestrians and the damage being caused to the pavement and kerb by roots.

However, after protests from residents who didn’t want to see the trees go, the council reviewed its stance and eventually agreed to carry out remedial work at a cost of more than $20,000.

That work included enlarging surrounding garden beds, installation of root barrier material and root and foliage pruning.

The council’s executive manager of community infrastructure, Phil Holloway, said the work would manage the roots disrupting the road and pavement surface and would help reduce potential pedestrian trip hazards, while maintaining the health of trees.

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