This old Tuart is at the entrance to a new* aquatic centre.
Don't be fooled by the size of the cars in the foreground. This is a big tree as you can see in the next shot.
It's the feature tree of the whole development in fact.
So it was with great dismay that I discovered what they had done around it...
And no, that's not faux timber decking. I was hoping that too. At least then some moisture would get through the cracks.
No, it's concrete paving which has even been grouted to make sure it's really impervious(!)
But you know what the real crime here is? That an arborist wasn't consulted before the design work was done**. There's no excuse for that in 2016. Trees and urban forest are at the top of everyone's list now and stuff like this just demonstrates you're out of touch.
But the story doesn't end there. There were other indications of a lack of thought.
Folks, we don't do this anymore! Nail holes just create entry points for disease.
Besides, what sort of message does this send the public?
Show the tree some respect. Put the sign on a pole.
How about pruning the dead wood out of the tree too? It's not only dangerous***, it will improve the vigour of the tree.
And make it look better.
And demonstrate that you care.
And while you're at it, remove these epicormic growths. They're prime candidates for snapping off in a blow.
I checked out the other trees in this carpark while I was there and it was the same story with all of them.
Come on council, you need to do better than this.
Show your ratepayers that you're professionals.
Show them that you value your trees.
If you don't, how can you ask them to?
* Its actually a re-furbished existing aquatic centre but it's such a total renovation it's basically a new facility
** Put it this way: if an arborist was consulted and he (she) approved this he probably should be doing something else
*** While I was there, dead bits were constantly falling out of the tree. At one point a member of the staff came out and started picking them up. "As fast as I clean them up, more fall" she said. Meanwhile, mums were walking past with their kids (!)