Council will remove the top of a dead Brown Walnut tree (Beilschmiedia tooram) on Collins Avenue, Edge Hill, on Monday (14 June), in the interests of public safety.
An arborist report has identified that the tree has been severely impacted by the fungus (Pyrrhoderma noxium), the same pathogenic fungal infestation affecting the adjoining fig tree. The tree has now died.
As the arboreal roots from the fig tree are wrapped around the lower half of the Brown Walnut tree, Council will cut the Brown Walnut tree to about the height of about five metres (above the arboreal roots), allowing retention of the large fig.
Council has been using an experimental treatment in an attempt to combat the fungal infection affecting the fig tree for about 18 months.
While Council would prefer not to remove the Brown Walnut tree, it is leaning over the road and constitutes a safety risk to the public.
Residents and motorists are advised that traffic management will be in place on Monday to allow for the tree works to be undertaken.
Council apologises for any inconvenience.