Twenty new oaks for the avenue

REVIVAL: 20 new trees will be planted on King George V Ave in coming days. Photo: Gareth Gardner

REVIVAL: 20 new trees will be planted on King George V Ave in coming days. Photo: Gareth Gardner

TWENTY new English oaks are en route to Tamworth.

The recently-established King George V Ave working group has been buoyed by news restoration works are set to commence on the much-loved local road.

David McKinnon has been an advocate for the avenue for a number of years and was pleased to see work about to begin.

“It’s good to have money to spend on the avenue,” Mr McKinnon said.

“With heritage listing and a 17,000 signature petition, you would have thought this would have happened earlier.”

The 20 new oaks will be larger and more developed than previous saplings brought to rejuvenate the road.

TIMELESS TREE WARRIORS: Barry John, Carmel Madirazza, Robin Gunning, David McKinnon and Stephen Warden.

TIMELESS TREE WARRIORS: Barry John, Carmel Madirazza, Robin Gunning, David McKinnon and Stephen Warden.

Mr McKinnon said the new trees, which will be planted in coming days, do require more maintenance.

“It would only take some slight neglect for them not to take off,” he said.

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“Having people who are passionate about the avenue are the best ones to ensure that slight neglect doesn;t happen.”

Mr McKinnon said the new group dedicated to the avenue appeared to be working well.

Next on the agenda for the group is removing dead trees.

“There’s at least eight that need to go,” Mr McKinnon said.

“Once we return to spring, there may be more which are exhausted.

“So we won’t know exactly how many until spring.”

At Tuesday night’s meeting, councillors were pleased to see unified movement on preserving avenue, which has been a lingering issue for a number of years.

“It has been a complex and enduring issue,” Cr Juanita Wilson said.

“There’s now a sense of collaboration.

“And we’re walking in one direction with the community.”

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