It’s sad that in 2014 we sometimes have to take things to this extent…

Our caged Hoop Pine in Queens Park

Our caged Hoop Pine in Queens Park

Last week we planted nine Sydney Red Gums (Angophora costata) and one Hoop Pine (Araucaria cunninghamii) as part of our Tree Replacement Program for 2014.

Why is one tree caged, and what is that sign?

Since 2007 repetitive tree vandalism has seen our trees in this part of Queens Park pulled out of the ground, broken off at ground level, stripped of their branches, or had their tops broken off.

The sign?

Yes, that is a CCTV camera sign. We are resorting to spending time, money and effort with affixing a 24-hour camera to watch over this tree.

To the vandal(s) who repeatedly vandalise and kill our trees

The caged tree above is a Hoop Pine. It has been chosen in line with the Centennial Parklands Tree Master Plan. Yes, it will grow up tall, but as it does the lower branches will be removed and views will be maintained (if that is the vandalism motive).

As a side note, replacing a tree like this (sourcing, delivering, planting etc) can cost us up to $1,200 a time. We’d rather spend this money on maintaining and improving Queens Park, not continuously replacing vandalised trees.

To the greater community

We thank you for your ongoing encouragement. We have spoken to many of you in this area and there is overwhelming support for the tree planting program in Queens Park. While we do all we can to look after our trees, we’d like you to all keep an eye out and please report any vandalism of these trees.

Thank you.


Centennial Parklands is blessed with over 15,000 trees. Find out more about them here.


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