There have recently been discussions on removal of the Plane trees in Corio Street. Living in Maude Street with several of these trees, I would like to comment on the matter.
These trees have one good point in their favour in that they provide good shade on a hot summer day. However, they also have some bad aspects:
- Their roots tend to grow out at right angles, hence tend to raise the nearby footpaths
- They are big trees and require heavy pruning (at least in Maude Street) to avoid risk of contacting power lines for fire. When pruned they have a very ugly look
- Being deciduous with very large leaves they provide constant street litter for some 5 to 7 months of the year. This needs clearing up by the ratepayers (at no cost to Council). These leaves do not break down to mulch for a long time and are virtually useless in gardens.
In France these trees were used along the Canal Middi to protect the canal banks from erosion by boats and this could be a possible use for them here. Being a long standing friend of trees in general, a possible solution would be a staged removal and replacement by non deciduous Australian trees.