Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Fig shouldna[euro][TM]t Die

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Fig shouldna[euro][TM]t Die

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Byline: Graham Broadhead news@northernstar.com.au

ALSTONVILLE horticulturist Terry Prendergast is so confident he can save Alstonville Public Schoolas historic fig tree that he is offering to do the work for nothing.

But it doesnat look like the NSW Department of Education will take him up on the offer, with a spokesperson confirming the removal of the tree would go ahead during these school holidays.

Mr Prendergast, who has been a horticulturist for 40 years locally, disputes the diagnosis that the tree is beyond help.

But that was the advice the department received from an aindependent arborista about the 115-year-old small-leafed fig and the decision was made to remove the tree for safety reasons.

Mr Prendergast, the owner of Alstonville Tree Farm who was given permission to inspect the tree, said the fig just needed remediation work, which he estimated would cost, if he didnat offer to do it for free, about $5000.

He wrote to the department with his assessment and called for a reprieve for the tree, but received no reply. …

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