A 100 year old pine tree deemed unsafe by Bega Valley Shire Council and removed on September 13 from in front of one of Eden’s remaining grand homes, The Hollies, has gone missing… again.
The tree has been a subject of interest in recent weeks (see Letters to the Editor September 19, and our story on September 26) when retired council tree management officer, Jeff Knight of Eden, asked the question in a letter to the editor, where was the tree and could the wood be made available to the community for woodworking and the like?
The Magnet put Jeff’s question to Bega Valley Shire Council who, after 10 days, reported back that the tree’s remains were at the Eden Waste Depot and the wood could indeed be made available to community members who requested it.
Jeff Knight inspected the tree remains at the tip site and informed the Magnet that, in his opinion, it wasn’t the tree from The Hollies but another variety of pine tree altogether.
“It’s like poaching elephants; there’s an epidemic of trees going missing,” Jeff Knight said Wayne Sartori, Group Manager Infrastructure at Bega Valley Shire Council, said that the tree had had “significant amounts of dry rot and cracks to the main stems”, that remnants were mulched on site, and the rest was taken to the Eden Waste Depot.
As there is a large pile of green waste at the Depot, any remaining parts of the tree appear lost in the pile.