Friday, July 14, 2017

Perth Street Tree - the book (?)

It's been suggested to me that this might be something people would like - ie basically a hard copy of the blog. Let me know if you would be interested

Thursday, July 6, 2017

I think the horse might be dead this time

It's certainly not responding to the whip.

I decided to take a drive to find something for the blog. It didn't last long. A guy can only take so much of this.

Are we ever going to wake up?

Are we ever going to learn that trumpeting about how many trees we plant a year is useless if they look like this in year two?

Are elected members ever going to require someone to be accountable for this carnage? These are not isolated incidents - they're everywhere.

Seriously folks, this is appalling.

Still, as Monsieur de Maistre said, we get what we deserve.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


I'm going to give my new blog a shameless plug. It's the place where I'll be writing about everything other than street trees. Over the years I've started all sorts of blogs but then I saw Emma Young's and decided to steal the idea of putting everything in one place. Thanks Emma. I'll leave the money on the fridge.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Ficus phobia

We're missing out big time by not planting these any more. 

I'm talking about Moreton Bay Fig (Ficus macrophylla) and Port Jackson Fig (Ficus rubiginosa).

Interestingly, City of Melbourne has started planting them again. We should do the same - in locations where we have the space to let them do this with their roots. The result is quite surreal.

If you haven't done it for a while, go stand under one. Probably the biggest one in Perth is at UWA (just south of Hackett Hall). It is an extraordinary experience to stand under it in silence and ponder how those massive limbs manage to stay attached to the trunk.

Quite humbling actually.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Then and now

This is the beach carpark near my place - built probably in the 1970's. Look at the design of the planting strip. We created a raised hob, planted trees in it and piped the stormwater out to sea. Yep, we really did that.

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Below is the 2017 model - same car park, extended to cater for increased demand. This time we create a swale, plant the trees in it and shed all the stormwater into it. Trees watered for free. Aquifer recharged. No expensive stormwater pipes required. Scary, isn't it?

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The tree choice is spot on too. Big, unruly, son-of-a-beach Casuarinas - just what the (Fremantle) Doctor ordered. They can't cause any harm set up like this and will take everything the Doctor throws at 'em.

Nice work Cambridge.

PS…for those not from WA, the "Fremantle Doctor" is the sea "breeze" we get every afternoon in summer. I say "breeze" because that's what it's called here. "Gale" more like it.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

For the record (2)

I just had a look at my subscriber list. There are people from far and wide on it now (thanks for your support folks) so it occurs to me that I better point out that my comments in the post below about introduced species performing better as urban street trees is referring to the situation here in Perth, Western Australia. I know this principle doesn't apply in other parts of the world and possibly in other parts of Australia too, although I'm not so sure about the latter. Happy to hear your stories if you want to share ;)