Avendon Windrow Management Plan

05 March 2014

Draft Avendon Estate Cypress Windrow Management Plan

In response to the recommendations of the Arboricultural Report (Treelogic, 2012) as well as concerns raised by local residents, Council has developed the draft Avendon Estate Windrow Management Plan (AWMP) in consultation with residents of the estate and immediately adjacent streets.

The windrow is a significant landscape within the City of Monash but the useful life expectancy of the existing Cypress trees is estimated to be not more than 15 to 20 years. To address this, the AWMP proposes a staged ten year tree replacement program.

Council sought community feedback on Avendon Windrow Management Plan in February/March 2014.

Community feedback will be compiled into a report for Council to consider prior to deciding whether to go ahead with the removal and replacement program.

Draft Avendon Estate Cypress Windrow Management Plan (PDF, 2MB)

Avendon Windrow - Assessment and Report (PDF, 865KB)

If you have any questions, please contact Patrick Mallon, Senior Urban Designer/Landscape Architect, on 9518 3426 or email PatrickM@monash.vic.gov.au.

Background

Council consulted with the local community to develop a plan for the future of 214 heritage-listed trees in the Avendon Estate, Glen Waverley.

The estate's Monterey Cypress trees are 18-20 metres high and are planted as rows along the east, south and west perimeters.

In early 2013, Council asked an arboricultural consultancy company to assess the condition of the 60-year-old trees. We engaged the company after residents who live in properties adjacent to the trees raised concerns with us about the condition of the trees.

The arboricultural report found that many of the trees were showing signs of significant decline. The report indicates the trees have a life expectancy of another 15-20 years. It recommended that:

  • The trees be inspected every six months and after all major wind and storm events. Council is undertaking this regular monitoring program.
  • A plan be developed to manage the future removal of these trees and the planting of replacement trees. In response to this recommendation, we've begun consulting with the community about the future of the trees.

Previous Consultations

Residents of the Avendon Estate and from immediately adjacent streets were invited to a community meeting in April 2013 to discuss the arborists' report.

About 35 residents came along to that meeting. The meeting began with a group discussion about the trees, which involved people talking about what they liked/valued about the trees and any problems/issues they had experienced with them.

Glenn Waters, an arborist engaged by Council, presented the findings of his arboricultural report. The report found that as a consequence of how closely-spaced the trees had been planted, many of the trees were showing signs of significant branch failure and were showing signs of decline.

The second part of the meeting involved group discussions about future planning and replanting options. Council's Senior Urban Designer Patrick Mallon spoke about three general tree replacement options: evergreen avenue, deciduous avenue and mixed species revegetation.

Allowing for both tree longevity and budgetary considerations, any future replanting program would be expected to be staged in 100m sections over a ten year period. It is estimated that it would cost about $1 million to remove the trees, which together are planted across one kilometre.

Final Workshop

The final workshop pertaining to this consultation took place on 10 October 2013.

Purposes of workshop:

  • To report on feedback received during community consultation earlier this year.
  • To discuss and confirm the plantation replacement considerations which were identified as part of the community consultation process.
  • To discuss and review proposed future tree replacement options and assess these against community needs and expectations.
  • To outline the next stage of the process.

Background

Council consulted with the local community to develop a plan for the future of 214 heritage-listed trees in the Avendon Estate, Glen Waverley.

The estate's Monterey Cypress trees are 18-20 metres high and are planted as rows along the east, south and west perimeters.

In early 2013, Council asked an arboricultural consultancy company to assess the condition of the 60-year-old trees. We engaged the company after residents who live in properties adjacent to the trees raised concerns with us about the condition of the trees.

The arboricultural report found that many of the trees were showing signs of significant decline. The report indicates the trees have a life expectancy of another 15-20 years. It recommended that:

  • The trees be inspected every six months and after all major wind and storm events. Council is undertaking this regular monitoring program.
  • A plan be developed to manage the future removal of these trees and the planting of replacement trees. In response to this recommendation, we've begun consulting with the community about the future of the trees.

Previous Consultations

Residents of the Avendon Estate and from immediately adjacent streets were invited to a community meeting in April 2013 to discuss the arborists' report.

About 35 residents came along to that meeting. The meeting began with a group discussion about the trees, which involved people talking about what they liked/valued about the trees and any problems/issues they had experienced with them.

Glenn Waters, an arborist engaged by Council, presented the findings of his arboricultural report. The report found that as a consequence of how closely-spaced the trees had been planted, many of the trees were showing signs of significant branch failure and were showing signs of decline.

The second part of the meeting involved group discussions about future planning and replanting options. Council's Senior Urban Designer Patrick Mallon spoke about three general tree replacement options: evergreen avenue, deciduous avenue and mixed species revegetation.

Allowing for both tree longevity and budgetary considerations, any future replanting program would be expected to be staged in 100m sections over a ten year period. It is estimated that it would cost about $1 million to remove the trees, which together are planted across one kilometre.

Final Workshop

The final workshop pertaining to this consultation took place on 10 October 2013.

Purposes of workshop:

  • To report on feedback received during community consultation earlier this year.
  • To discuss and confirm the plantation replacement considerations which were identified as part of the community consultation process.
  • To discuss and review proposed future tree replacement options and assess these against community needs and expectations.
  • To outline the next stage of the process.

Location

Civic Centre, 293 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley 3150 View Map

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