The historic 100-year-old Port Jackson fig in Hamilton’s Gregson Park will live to see another day thanks to a plan from City of Newcastle.
After a recent branch break, it looked as though the century-old tree would have to be removed, however a plan to install a cable system in the tree’s canopy will kick off later this month.
The plan, which was developed in conjunction with expert arborists, will also include planting a small, fenced garden underneath the tree’s drip line, which will further cement the tree as a major feature of the picturesque Hamilton park.
A second tree will also be planted close by to ensure the continuity of tree canopy cover in the park in decades to come.
“Gregson Park has a rich history as one of Newcastle’s most loved parks, with some trees dating back to the late 19th century,” Councillor Carol Duncan said.
“Preserving Gregson Park’s trees is important because they not only hold sentimental value to us, they also provide habitat for native wildlife such as the threatened Grey-headed Flying Fox, which is the case with this tree.”
It’s expected the work carried out for this historic fig will extend its life by an extra 20 years. Work will be completed by the end of September.
The City of Newcastle is also currently in the process of developing a masterplan for the future of Gregson Park which will open for community input later this year.