The City of Casey is planning a staged tree renewal program along the Berwick-Beaconsfield Avenue of Honour to ensure the longevity of this living memorial into the future.
A number of trees that form the Avenue of Honour, which links the townships of Berwick and Beaconsfield, are in poor or declining condition, so a proactive removal and replacement program is required to protect the Avenue.
Edrington Ward Councillor Timothy Jackson said Council has been proactive in our tree management and has planned for the renewal of the Avenue of Honour over the past few years.
“Council’s proactive approach to the renewal program commenced in 2015 when a number of cuttings were taken from the original Avenue trees and propagated by a specialised nursery so we had replacement trees of the same genus and species ready to plant if need,” he said.
“These cuttings are now established and have grown to over two metres in height, ready to replace the trees in declining condition.
“The Berwick RSL has acknowledged their support for Council undertaking this project and ensuring the long-term conservation of this living memorial.”
The first phase of the renewal program is planned to start in October with operations expected to be completed prior to the end of 2019.
This will involve the removal and replacement of 32 trees deemed to be in poor condition, along with planting some additional replacement trees for those that have been removed as the result of storms over the years.
Edrington Ward Councillor Susan Serey said Council was committed to preserving our Avenues of Honour.
“Casey’s seven Avenues of Honour were planted to commemorate the contribution and sacrifices made by local volunteers in World War I, as well as stand as living memorials to those who served in the wars that followed,” she said.
“We know the significance they hold for our community and that’s why we’re taking the necessary steps to ensure this memorial is renewed so it can remain in place for the future.”