There was much action at Mactier Memorial Gardens in Hogan St yesterday when two large fig trees were transplanted from their current location.
Greater Shepparton City Council parks, sport and recreation manager Heath Chasemore said the trees had been identified as part of the council’s Urban Forest Strategy as an inappropriate species for the area.
‘‘Being Moreton Bay Fig Trees they do get way bigger than the way they are,’’ he said.
Having estimated the two trees were established between 10 to 12 years ago, Mr Chasemore said they would be transplanted to a new location.
‘‘One tree will be transferred to the south-east side of the senior citizens building and the other to the south of the skate park,’’ Mr Chasemore said.
He said the trees’ invasive root systems had already contributed to significant damage at the War Memorial and pavement surrounding the area.
Tatura RSL sub-branch committee member Mal Watts said they welcomed the decision to relocate the trees.
‘‘It’s a sensible solution all-round to remove them before they do any further damage,’’ Mr Watts said.
He said it had been poor planning to plant that species near the memorial in the first place.
‘‘It is the RSL’s intention, once the trees have been removed, to apply for some grant funding or assistance to reappoint the stone memorial wall surrounding the gardens to its former glory,’’ Mr Watts said.
He said it had been encouraging to receive significant works around the Mactier Memorial Gardens in recent years.
‘‘We got the VC statue, we got the new barbecue, our flag pole was recently replaced and now the trees are being dealt with; it’s fantastic,’’ he said.
‘‘We’re very happy (the council) sees Mactier Memorial Gardens as a feature of Tatura.’’
Mr Chasemore said pencil pines would be planted to replace any lost canopy cover.
‘‘We think this is a really positive, sustainable exercise,’’ he said.
Company Vic Transplanters will carry out the works.