Sometimes I travel in and out of the city through the parklands. My favourite part of the route (when travelling on bike or on foot) is this pathway lined with sugar gums. They are yet to reach their full height but they are still impressive, majestic and beautiful trees.
The City of Adelaide is famously circled by parks. In our harsh summers, the parklands become dry and brown well before summer reaches its height. You can see in this image that the crisping of the parklands has begun already. The trees branch too high for me to be able to photograph the canopy, but this branch had fallen and dried.
Friends have spent months of the last year trying to save an avenue of sugar gums that are twice this size, at least, and much older. Our campaign to save them succeeded, but the sugar gums are growing along a railway line that is being electrified and a few days ago they were scheduled to be ‘pruned’ in a way that will render them lopsided amputees. I am glad the railway is being electrified (it is diesel powered now, polluting and unsustainable). Its impact on local trees is less welcome. I haven’t been able to bear to go and look yet. It was a huge achievement to save those trees and I am hoping the pruning has not been too brutal. And that this avenue of trees in the parklands will stand tall for decades, or even better, centuries to come.
Oh, and have I mentioned the silk moths?