Following consultation with an Arborist, the row of cypress trees near the oval and staff car park are unfortunately past their life and need to be removed as they pose a safety risk.
The trees are over 80 years old and are overmature, opening out with their sheer weight and age and dropping spears and large limbs.
The trees have been removed with only a few stumps remaining. We realise this will change the landscape of the school significantly, however we are committed to creating a wonderful new area that can be used by the students and staff.
The School has formed a landscaping design committee and engaged a landscape designer to redesign the area next year. Some of the ideas currently being worked on include:
- Create 4 key areas in the space – external seating area for teaching, viewing, lunchtime eating.
- Create an active space close to the MYC for fitness, popular table tennis, and down ball.
- A reflective garden space behind the Library. It can be a restful, peaceful, reading area compatible with the adjacent library and Hub beyond.
- A student led horticultural / orchard area separating the carpark and oval compatible with the Environ / Stem building nearby and Wellbeing areas.
- Also an acknowledgement to the past use of the land as an orchard in the 1940’s
(Initial removal - December)
The necessary removal of our heritage cypress trees has not only made the grounds safer but has opened up more light and new panoramas through the grounds. Three stumps have been retained, two for future sculptures and one as a future platform for outdoor activities. Over 60 tonnes of timber has been sold back to a mill to be reborn as window frames, fence posts, furniture etc.
You will see two piles of logs (about 20 Tonnes) to be retained here on campus for us to utilise as external log seats, stepping “stones”, tepees, totems and log screens. In addition we retained all the bark chip for mulch.
In the short term the barren scar where the trees came down has been racked and cleared and will be turned in to a temporary “beach” activity area for the year 7s and 8s and includes additional table tennis, finska, disc golf, beach cricket and Sepak Takraw (Indo kick volleyball), shade tents and deck chairs.
How the space is interacted with will help us determine the eventual landscaping of outdoor learning spaces, gardens, plantings and pedestrian flows to be built later.
(Before and after)
(From the Archives)