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Iconic Norfolk Island Pine safely removed from Arderne Gardens <p>​</p><span><p>Standing at an impressive 35 meters, this iconic tree, believed to have been planted in the early 1900s, holds historical significance as a possible descendant of the Champion Norfolk Pine currently thriving in Arderne Garden.</p><p> <br></p><p>The decision to remove the Norfolk Island Pine was not taken lightly. </p><p> </p><p>Signs of dieback, particularly noticeable from the apex of the tree, had been observed for some time. <br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Images%202/IMG-20231127-WA0003.jpg" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure>​​</span>​​​​​​<span><p>Despite monitoring in the hope of recovery, the tree's condition deteriorated significantly over the past year, necessitating its removal for public safety.</p><p>The removal process is being conducted meticulously over several days to minimise the risk of damage to surrounding property. </p><p>The extensive process involves the careful removal of lateral branches over two days, followed by the methodical removal of the tree from the top, with each cut segment secured and cautiously lowered to the ground over the course of this week</p><p> </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Images%202/Image%202023-12-06%20at%2020.25.57%20%281%29.jpeg" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1902px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p>To ensure public safety, a temporary closure of one lane going into Town on Claremont Main Road has been implemented for a few hours each day until the tree is more manageable.</p><p> </p><p>'We are committed to minimising disruption and ensuring the safety of all involved, including pedestrians and motorists. We appreciate the cooperation of the community during this essential process. Plans are in place to plant a replacement tree during the next tree planting season, scheduled between May and July next year, contributing to the ongoing conservation efforts in the area,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Patricia van der Ross.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2023-12-07T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#bd5841d6-02a3-433d-ac6e-e80a4f2f7ee3;L0|#0bd5841d6-02a3-433d-ac6e-e80a4f2f7ee3|Tree maintenance procedures;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#02e06764-1998-4487-8abe-883ff7d69e77;L0|#002e06764-1998-4487-8abe-883ff7d69e77|Newlands10

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