A CONTRACTOR “error” is behind the severe over-pruning of five iconic Mary Street trees in Vincent.
Former councillor Ian Ker contacted the Voice after finding the Hill’s weeping figs had been “butchered”, despite them being on Vincent’s significant tree inventory.
He said there was no evidence of the trees being diseased and removing nearly half the trees, with summer encroaching, would leave the area sun-baked.
We contacted Vincent council to find out what’d happened and CEO Len Kosova said it was a mistake.
As they’re on the significant tree inventory, “any pruning required is normally undertaken sympathetically and closely monitored by our staff,” Mr Kosova said.
“Due to an error by a contractor, this did not occur in this instance.”
The pruning was at the request of a nearby business that complained the trees were encroaching on their roof and shedding lots of leaves in their gutters.
The contractor was supposed to contact Vincent’s parks supervisor before starting the work so city staff could oversee the pruning.
“Disappointingly the contractor failed to contact our parks supervisor before commencing work, and did not undertake the pruning to our specific instruction,” Mr Kosova said.
“The city is assessing the situation to determine an appropriate outcome and to ensure this does not happen again.”
by DAVID BELL