River red gums still present for Whittlesea

(Supplied/Major Road Projects Victoria)

Whittlesea residents will continue to feel the presence of two river red gum trees, despite their removal.

River red gums, or Eucalyptus camaldulensis, are endemic to Australia, and can be identified by smooth white or cream-coloured bark, lance-shaped or curved adult leaves, flower buds in groups of seven or nine, white flowers and hemispherical fruit.

In a post to the Major Road Projects Victoria Facebook page, the organisation said the trees had been removed to allow room for the new lanes on Childs Road.

An extra lane will be added in each direction between Beaumont Crescent and Prince of Wales Avenue.

“The logs from these trees are being reused by the City of Whittlesea in park upgrades,” the post said.

“Some of them have already found a new home for habitat and landscaping at the Creek Park dog leash area in Mernda.

“As part of the Childs Road Upgrade we will retain as many trees as possible but when one is removed, we will look for opportunities to re-use the timber for environmental and community projects.”

More about the project can be found online.

Details: bit.ly/3qgjqo1