Public safety is at the forefront of a decision to remove a large cyprus tree at Memorial Park, Angaston.
The Barossa Council has been informed the tree poses an unacceptable risk to people using the park, especially children.
CEO Martin McCarthy said an arborist assessment confirms there is a high probability the tree will shed branches, after recently dropping a limb.
“Because of its current structure, recent history of losing limbs and its location adjacent a playground, we have decided to act proactively and promptly,” he said.
“We understand many people feel strongly about the removal of a mature shade tree, but in this instance it’s a necessary preventative measure to safeguard people’s safety, which is our highest priority.”
The tree will be removed mid next week and will be replaced with a jacaranda tree to match others in the locality.
Meanwhile, Council continues its regreening initiative across the region to ensure the future sustainability and aesthetic of local street trees.
The three-year plan to audit, maintain, remove and replace trees ensures our streets continue to provide amenity, shade and habitat for the community.