Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Fig Tree Will Grow in Memorial Park

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Fig Tree Will Grow in Memorial Park

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Byline: Peter Caton peter.caton@tweednews.com.au

TWEED Shire Council looks set to push ahead with establishing a memorial park costing $66,000 to replace a giant fig tree it chopped down last year.

Councillors are due to consider the plan to establish the memorial park on council land near the Byangum Bridge, south-west of Murwillumbah at Tuesday's council meeting.

It would provide a place for a replanted seedling, grown from the more than 100-year-old tree which it axed after concern that limbs could fall onto the Murwillumbah-Kyogle Rd.

Locals had blamed widening of the road for damaging the tree, but council staff at the time said it had suffered major rot in central boughs.

The tree had been planted in the late 1800s by pioneer Harry Hatton opposite his blacksmith's shop, to mark the birth of one of his sons.

Council staff have recommended the park be established as a memorial to the Hatton family and feature aa replanted seedling taken from the original Hatton's fig treea. …

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