Trees have always been held in esteem by artists, poets, and nature lovers, but on a fateful day in February, one of them would inadvertently take a life and the role of villain. Daily Mail Australia writer Sarah Michael reports how a young schoolgirl accidentally lost her life in a freak accident that has arborists up in arms across the state.
An eye for an eye?
Conservationists and arborists alike have called the move impulsive and irrational because cutting down thousands of trees isn’t likely to lower the mortality rate in schools across NSW. The government, however, was quick to defend its stand by citing safety as its main purpose.
“These experts understand that a variety of factors come into play before a tree is considered a potential threat. For example, if a tree branch doesn’t have any leaves when it’s supposed to be blooming, that tree is likely sick or dying. A strong gust of wind or a short, heavy downpour will be enough to break branches off. Meanwhile, some tree species are known to be inherently weak. Black locust trees, for instance, are very susceptible to a fungal disease known as ‘heart rot’, which causes their branches to fall apart.
While Cairns treelopping companies and similar professionals in Australia are certainly eager to help, citizens also share the responsibility for managing trees on their property. In Queensland, this duty is clearly spelled out in The Neighbourhood Disputes (Dividing Fences and Trees) Act 2011 and the Land Title Act 1994. In this regard, concerned property owners can turn to a first class tree lopping and vegetation management solutions provider like MPDT Tree Serv
This is why it is important to look at the trees in your vicinity and check for any signs that they are in danger of falling. You should be concerned once you spot large dead branches, as well as cracks and/or splits in the trunk. Find out if adjacent trees have fallen over in the past.
If you see these signs on any tree around your property, it is important that you call Cairns treelopping services in order to solve the problem. Trusted firms like Mossman & Port Douglas Tree Lopping have the equipment and expertise to cut down and clear away hazardous trees and help make the community safer.