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Cork Tree in June 2023

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Work on the development is approaching completion and Coles is scheduled to open on 21 June.  The developer promised to install signage for the historic Norwood Cork Tree, but we haven't received any notification about when signage will be provided.  The cork tree and the river red gum dominate the car park, and no new trees have been planted to replace the large plane trees that provided some shade.  Under the current care regime the cork tree is flourishing. We hope care will continue into the future. It is such a beautiful and unusual tree for this area.

Car Park

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This looks as if it will be very hot in summer.

The Norwood Cork Tree March 2023

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Pavement for the cork tree surrounds and carpark is in progress.

The continued care of the cork tree is guaranteed

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 The property owner Australasian Property Developments has assured us they are  fully committed to preserving the cork tree and its history.  The recommended care program is being maintained.  WATER TREE ONCE A WEEK ON A SEVEN DAY CYCLE – around 150-200 litres at a time PROVIDE ‘COTTAGE MULCH’ – around 4 cubic metres PROVIDE SEA-SOL IN THE WATER AROUND ONCE A MONTH The watering has been stepped up during the dry summer weather, and the construction company instructed to  maintain separation and care when working in close proximity  to the cork tree for  carpark works.

Are the Arrangement for Cork Tree Care Being Ignored?

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The spokesperson for Synergy Cpnstruct was unaware of any arrangement for care of the cork tree when I spoke to him last week. The tree appears to be losing condition. This would be no surprise, as Adelaide has had no significant rainfall since the early part of November 2022. A cork tree should live at least 200 years on average. Stressor factors from increasing drought and heat due to climate change, and the damage to roots from unfavourable fungal infection have been held responsible for the decline of the corkboak in Portugal. A watering plan for the Norwood Cork Tree is essential. These were the original arrangents. The Norwood Cork Tree Arrangements for care of the Norwood Cork Tree February 24, 2021 The development of the site will start on 1 March 2021 and is scheduled to finish in March 2023.  I have been advised of the following arrangements by Australasian Property Developments for the care of the tree during the construction period. WATER TREE ONCE A WEEK ON A S

Gravel near the cork tree after kerb removal

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Photos taken today show piles of gravel near the cork tree. The excavated edge where the kerb was removed shows a protruding slab of soil with a hollow underneath. Some fine roots might be exposed. The photo isn't taken close enough to tell.

Excavation around the Norwood Cork Tree

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Protective fencing has now gone. The kerb surrounding the garden that protects the tree has been removed. I have been advised that new kerbing will be installed over the next weeks when the carpark is replaced.  The company Synergy, responsible for the construction, advises they are doing their best to protect this 140 year old historic tree.