Four rotting exotic trees in the Bacchus Marsh Avenue of Honour will be removed between May 18 and June 5 – and replaced with plants propagated from the seeds of the original elms.
Moorabool Shire Council says the move will provide continuity and connection to the original cultivars and plantings.
The first 280 trees planted in the Avenue date back to 10 August 1918 – before World War One ended. Each tree remembers someone who served – and was planted by a friend or relative.
According to the Bacchus Marsh Express of the time, elms were chosen because the Country Roads Board disapproved of evergreens which they believed made the road stay damp in Winter.
Next week’s removals and replantings will take place between 8am and 5pm.
“Unfortunately, there are no mitigation options to maintain these trees at an acceptable level of risk in accordance with accepted industry standards,” a council spokesperson said.
“The reasons for removal are due to extensive decay in the trunk, root buttress and/or main stems.”
Moorabool Chief Executive Derek Madden said Council would make sure traffic and other disruptions were minimised.
“Efforts will be made to limit traffic disruptions and road closures during these works, (but) our primary objective is always to ensure the safety of workers, pedestrians, motorists and the general public,” he said.
The Council says the works are part of an ongoing commitment to make sure the avenue remains a living memorial to people who served from the Bacchus Marsh area.
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