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A bird’s eye view from St Davids Park

Hobart is full of beautiful old and historic trees and many of them can be found in our older parks and gardens. One such park, which is full of beautiful historic trees is St Davids Park, with its attractive rotunda, sweeping paths and historic monuments and gravestones.

Located close to the central rotunda is a striking 130-year-old English Elm tree, an Ulmus Procera. Records show that it was planted on Sunday, 30 June 1895.

The tree had grown substantially since it was last maintained, and many of the newer branches were spreading out and growing long and lanky. An annual inspection identified that some of these limbs were now too heavy for the main branches, and at risk of falling in damaging winds.

To prolong the life of the tree and to keep people safe, it was essential to undertake what is known as a crown reduction. Arborists planned to remove some of the weight from the limbs and this would safeguard the tree from potentially more serious damage.

A 30m crane was used to access the top of the tree and arborists carefully trimmed back many of the weaker branches. The crane was high enough to provide a bird’s eye view of this beautiful park and also a 360 view of the city, the mountain and the water.

The work being undertaken, will safeguard this spectacular historic tree for a further 50 years.

The City of Hobart’s arboriculture team care more than 22,000 trees within the municipality, from street trees, to those in our parks and gardens. It’s an important part of preserving our valuable urban canopy and ensuring Hobart is an enjoyable and picturesque place to live.