Re-greening for Barossa towns

A major audit of main street trees will provide a blueprint for future greening of Barossa towns.

Recognising the role trees play in the amenity of Barossa streetscapes, council is implementing a three-year plan to maintain, remove and replace trees, in some cases with more suitable species.

The audit will determine health and life expectancy of hundreds of trees in eight townships, as well as along high profile tourism and connector routes.

Mayor Bob Sloane said the tree audit was identified as a priority in the 2017-18 budget.

“This project ensures we take a holistic approach to our street trees and the role they play in providing amenity, shade and habitat, so our streets are places that are inviting and pleasant,” Mr Sloane said.

“This approach also reduces potential risk by cataloguing their maintenance requirements, any defects and works that may be required in the short, medium and long term.”

The project will be undertaken by a qualified independent arborist and audited trees will be identified by an aluminium tag.

Meanwhile, in a separate project, 15 desert ash trees that are in decline or structurally unsound will be removed from Murray Street, Tanunda and replaced with claret ash trees.

The tree replacement will begin in the coming weeks.