Temporary closure for tree works at William Ricketts Sanctuary
Friday 31 January, 2014
William Ricketts Sanctuary will close from Monday 3 February to Friday 7 February 2014 to enable a team of arborists to undertake critical tree maintenance within the park.
“A large Mountain Ash tree has been assessed by arborists as part of our regular monitoring of the trees and was found to have a number of serious defects which has potential to damage the sculptures should the tree fall” said Parks Victoria Ranger Craig Parsons.
Parks Victoria regularly monitors the condition of trees and the tree works are a preventative measure to minimise the chance of a tree damaging one of the William Ricketts sculptures.
“The Mountain Ash tree has started to shed limbs. If we don’t address this now it is only a matter of time before a falling limb impact one of the sculptures,”
There is also concern that the tree could fail completely which would decimate a large section of the park including sculptures and infrastructure such as the gallery and log cabin.
During the tree works there will be heavy equipment and lowering off large limbs and the site will be unsafe for visitors.
“When large Mountain Ash trees fail they tend to impact large areas and sometimes other trees we saw during a storm 2 years ago,”
Extremely strong winds battered the park during the storm and as many as 14 trees fell or were snapped off which caused significant damage to sculptures, facilities and the general landscape within the park.
The Sanctuary was closed for almost 2 months after the storm with the repair bill costing well over $25,000 plus many hours of staff time.
Parks Victoria apologises for any inconvenience caused during the temporary closure.
For more information on William Ricketts Sanctuary visit www.parks.vic.gov.au or call 13 1963.
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