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Tree pruning to start soon

Row of trees. Photo: K.Selby

Monday 24 July 2017

Tree pruning around Mount Alexander Shire will start again in August with a focus on street trees in the townships of Baringhup, Chewton, Elphinstone, Fryerstown, Guildford, Harcourt, Taradale and eastern Castlemaine.

The works will remove dead wood from trees and maintain appropriate clearances from roads, footpaths, street lights and signs. The works ensure public safety and amenity.

“The pruning program improves tree health and is carried out as part of Council’s street tree maintenance program,” said Jason Taylor, Director Sustainable Development, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“There will be some noticeable changes to the streetscapes as part of this work, as some of the trees have not been pruned for a number of years,” said Mr Taylor.

The pruning program will only target those trees that need pruning and effort will be made to retain tree shape and character while ensuring safety and clearance standards.

“As we head out of winter it’s a good opportunity to prune the trees before the burst of spring growth,” he said.

Trees on private property will not be pruned. The work is additional to the annual tree pruning program that maintains clearance from power lines.

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