Saplings rattle club

THE Bedford Bowling Club has asked Bayswater council to replace four recently-planted saplings on its verge.

The city doubled its tree budget to $400,000 last year and planted an extra thousand street trees, but the bowlers are concerned four coral gums along Grand Promenade will drop leaves on the club’s greens when they grow up.

•These baby trees weren’t appreciated by the Bedford Bowling Club. Photo by Trilokesh Chanmugam

•These baby trees weren’t appreciated by the Bedford Bowling Club. Photo
by Trilokesh Chanmugam

They want non-droppers instead.

“When these trees get a little older and start to shed their leaves our grass greens are going to cop the brunt of it,” the club wrote to the council.

“Due to the nature of the greens they cannot be raked and as such can cause the grass to mildew.”

The city sent out an arborist who reckons the trees shouldn’t be much of an issue, as they’ll only grow eight metres tall and are six metres from the turf, so staff have recommended they stay put.

by DAVID BELL

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