Shed a tear for weeping fig tree

Michael TraillAlbany Advertiser
The weeping fig tree in the library carpark has been deemed dangerous and will be removed. LEFT: The stress crack in the tree.
Camera IconThe weeping fig tree in the library carpark has been deemed dangerous and will be removed. LEFT: The stress crack in the tree. Credit: Albany Advertiser, Laurie Benson

A big weeping fig tree between Albany Public Library and the senior citizens centre will be cut down because it poses a safety risk.

City of Albany infrastructure and environment director Paul Camins said the “much-loved” tree had to go because it was at serious risk of failing.

A hard life growing in a carpark had contributed to a stress crack in a major fork of the tree. The City had explored ways to save it, without success.

“It’s a real shame as it’s a wonderful old tree and we’re really disappointed we can’t save it,” he said.

“We had an arborist assess the tree to see what could be done, but the size and position of the crack made it very hard to fix and the crack has got worse in the past few days.

“Removing the tree was a last resort but one we need to take to keep the carpark safe as a lot of people use that area and the tree could fall at any time.”

The library carpark will be closed for about six hours on Sunday while the tree is removed.

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