Helen Walsh was upset at the loss of the tree she watched grow for almost 30 years near her home.
Helen Walsh was upset at the loss of the tree she watched grow for almost 30 years near her home.

It was a tall order to bear

By EMMA O'NEILL emma.oneill@northernstar.com.au

THERE weren't many gum trees on Gum Tree Drive in Lismore when Iris Gibson moved into the street 29 years ago.

"I remember the council drove around and gave everyone a few gum trees to plant so the street matched its name," she said.

Yesterday, the street lost one of its namesakes. Lismore City Council cut down one of the tallest gum tree's on the street, after a resident called council with concerns it would fall on their house.

However, not everyone was happy with the call of 'timber' in the suburbs.

Gum Tree Drive resident Helen Walsh had to leave the street yesterday because she couldn't handle watching the chop.

"I could hear the tree crying," she said. Ms Walsh's home was right under the tree, but the thought of it causing damage never crossed her mind.

"Ironically, the only damage this tree ever did to my house was the breaking of a few gables as it was being chopped down," she said.

Ms Walsh said it was the most spectacular gumtree she had ever seen and said the street wouldn't be the same now it was gone.

"Our street should be called No Gum Tree Drive now," she said.

Gum Tree Drive resident Edward Davison said he was glad to see the tree gone and thought it was dangerous.

"I've actually been in my front garden and seen branches just fall off," he said. Mr Davison said while he was a great lover of trees he was often frustrated at where large trees were planted.

"If council had control over where these large trees were planted and not just how they come down, things would be a lot easier," he said.

Parks co-ordinator at Lismore City Council, Martin Soutar, said the council had assessed the tree and determined it was safer to take it down.



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