The bushfires of Merulla in December of 2021 changed everything in the Hills district in North Rocks. The sheer damage of the vegetation and trees prompted councilors to review tree removal and tree trimming in the region. The outcome was an open discussion between councilors and local arborists who were instrumental in making the necessary amendments to the Local Environmental Legislation. This article will highlight some of the key issues that have been addressed by the local council in dealing with tree removal and tree lopping in the region.
The first major change came in the form of professional tree removal in North Rocks. The previous practice of tree removal from properties without an application of mulch was stopped. Instead, a tender must be issued to a licensed tree removal company to handle the tree removal job. The tender is then followed up with an application for a tree lopping certificate. The tree lopping company is also required to submit to the council the logbook of trucks used in the tree lopping process.
The second major amendment came in the form of a notice setting out the tree removal requirements of the local council. A public meeting was held to share with residents the tree removal process. The local arborist was also invited to attend this meeting to outline the tree removal process and its benefits. The community was also provided with a copy of the arborist’s report which detailed the tree removal schedule and reasons for its clearance.
The third amendment to North Rocks’ tree removal policy happened when a notice was published in the local newspaper. The notice announced that no more tree lopping or stump drilling would be tolerated. The reasoning behind this announcement was to protect the environment and reduce the pressure on already overburdened resources. The new policy encouraged the removal of unwanted trees that were causing visual clutter and interference with motorists. The community was also notified that a future tree removal could be suspended if no action had been taken within a certain time period.
The fourth amendment to the tree removal policy of North Rocks came about because of the threat to health posed by un-landscaped areas. The area was identified as having a high risk of contact with waste and contamination. This meant that any tree removal demands had to take into consideration not only the aesthetic value of the tree removal, but also its risk to people’s health. Stump grinding is one method which was then recommended for dealing with un-landscaped areas. A professional tree services company was then consulted for assistance in dealing with the problem.
The fifth amendment to the rules was to allow for the temporary removal of an unattractive tree by a professional arborist. The arborist should give a written report to the local council by 5 pm on the date of the removal, explaining the procedure which will be undertaken, the cost involved and whether any public disturbance will be caused. The local council then authorizes the arborist to remove the tree, with a written note from the arborist stating that the tree has been removed with their equipment and that there will be no noise or damage caused to any property. The cost of the tree stump grinding will then have to be paid by the local council.
Stump grinding has always been done by specialist tree removal services, with the necessary skill and expertise required. The problem of tree removal in North Rocks was identified quite early on, but the authorities failed to respond in a sensible manner. The end result was a situation where the public lost their valuable trees, and the business premises lost the potential value of their landscaping. Without adequate planning, the local council would have likely failed in their attempts to save the tree and business property would have suffered a significant loss. This is why all future tree removal in North Rocks needs to be carefully planned by a specialist arborist, so that damage is avoided, while the stump grinding service is able to extract the maximum value from the stump.
The process of tree removal in North Rocks is typically a two-stage process, consisting of first removing the tree completely, and then the stumps being ground up. The first step involves removing all the dead and decaying material from the tree, whilst also stumping up the roots. The second stage involves removing the stumps, and the tree is left intact and ready to be moved. Stump grinding is performed on a commercial basis, and this is a highly skilled job that requires professional expertise. Call The Hills Shire Tree Arborists for the best tree lopping, tree trimming, tree removal.