Change of scenery

September 12, 2017

A large machine was used to uproot the Moreton Bay figs at Tatura's Mactier Memorial Gardens.

There was plenty of action at Tatura’s Mactier Memorial Gardens in Hogan St yesterday when two large fig trees were dug up to be transplanted.

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 they are,’’ he said.

Believed to have been planted 10 to 12 years ago, Mr Chasemore said the trees would be moved to new locations.

‘‘One tree will be transferred to the south-east side of the senior citizens building, the other to the south of the skate park,’’ Mr Chasemore said.

He said the trees’ invasive root systems had already caused significant damage at the war memorial and footpath surrounding the area.

Tatura RSL sub-branch committee member Mal Watts 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.

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