Hyde Park tree plan

Old majestics

Hyde Park is one of Sydney’s most historic and best-loved parks. Its beginnings can be traced back to the early 19th century.

Central Avenue is the park’s spine that travels right through the centre of the park and it is adorned on either side with huge, sprawling Hills Fig trees, the oldest of which were planted in the 1930s. Nearing the end of their lives, some of these giants have already been removed due to disease or old age.

Between 2004 and 2005, 35 of these trees were removed because of old age and disease, caused in part by the low quality landfill and poor drainage in which the trees were originally planted.

What’s happening to the Hyde Park trees?

The City is planning to retain most of the trees along Central Avenue longer than originally anticipated, thanks to a new management plan of ongoing monitoring, pruning and selective tree removal to ensure public safety.

The new plan, endorsed by Council, aims to retain the majority of the park’s trees for as long as possible. To achieve this, the City will increase the frequency of inspections and maintenance, and we will close Central Avenue during extreme weather. Any trees found to be in a dangerous condition will be immediately pruned or removed as required. Major community events will be staged at alternative sites away from Central Avenue.

The 254 Hills Figs, specially grown to replace the Central Avenue trees as part of our initial block removal plan, will be planted in the City’s parks, and any excess stock will be sold before they are too large to transport. To ensure a ready supply of replacement trees for the park in the years ahead, the City will grow a new crop of Hills Figs.

Contacts

Karen Sweeney
Urban Forest Manager02 9265 9333

Last updated: Thursday, 3 April 2014