Maples given a reprieve

16th Jun 2021

Nine Red Maples (Acer rubrum) slated for removal during the Guyra main street reconstruction and beautification project will now be retained after concerns were raised by the Guyra community.
The Red Maples in Bradley Street were planted approximately 17 years ago without root protection barriers, a process now widely used in street tree planting to protect infrastructure from damage by tree roots.
Council staff have revisited their decision to remove the nine Red Maples after listening to feedback and opposition to the removal from the Guyra community.
A protest group formed to fight the decision has welcomed the news. The group ‘Guyra – Save our Trees’ launched a petition and collected 426 signatures in just six days. They also encouraged residents to contact councillors to protest the decision, and their efforts have paid off with council backing down.
Armidale Regional Council Mayor Ian Tiley said the Guyra community have spoken and Council has listened.
“I commend the Guyra community for the passion they have displayed to keep the existing trees as an integral part of the beautification of their main street,” said Cr Tiley
“Staff have listened and by working together with the Guyra community have come up with a workable solution. The Red Maples are a beautiful tree that enhances the main street and represents the unique cold climate that Guyra is renowned for and visitors to the region enjoy.”
The trees will now remain in place and a new strategy for planting out the remaining garden beds will be reviewed in consultation with the Guyra Garden Club and the Guyra Chamber of Commerce.