Friday, May 14th, 2010
TWO unusual trees from the Maylands Multipurpose Centre building site have been saved and moved to a new location at the City of Bayswater Civic Centre in Morley.

The African, or spiked cabbage trees (Cussonia spicata), are second cousins to the common New Zealand cabbage tree and were transplanted last week.

Bayswater Mayor Terry Kenyon said the city was keen to salvage and retain good, mature plant specimens from the Maylands Library gardens as the new multipurpose centre development progresses.

“I’m pleased to say our parks and garden staff were able to successfully lift and transplant the distinctive cabbage trees,” he said.

“They are now staked securely and are being provided with additional water and soil improvements so the roots will become established in their new home.

“The trees were placed in the warm, sunny gardens on the northern side of the Civic Centre, which will allow their full canopies to develop and shade the building’s windows in summer.”

The spiked cabbage trees are native to eastern and southern tropical Africa and are found in open grasslands, rocky outcrops and forest areas.

Their leaves, roots and bark are used for medicinal purposes in Africa and wild elephants have a particular liking for the roots.

“Our finance staff, who look out at the trees’ new home, have been intrigued by the unusual leaf and flower arrangements radiating out in wheels from the end of their branches,” Mayor Kenyon said.

“The transplant shows that trees can be preserved successfully with a bit of forward-planning and care and don’t necessarily have to be sacrificed for the sake of development.”

tree1.jpeg: One of the spiked cabbage trees being moved to its new location.

tree2.jpeg: Moving the spiked cabbage tree into position.

tree3.jpeg: Making sure the tree is stable in its new home.

tree4.jpeg: Success! The tree has a new location at City of Bayswater Civic Centre.

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City of Bayswater

The City of Bayswater is a local government area in the inner north-eastern suburbs of the West Australian capital city of Perth, about 9km north-east of Perth's CBD, and includes the suburbs of Bayswater, Beford, Embleton, Maylands, Morley and Noranda and parts of Mount Lawley and Dianella. It covers an area of 32.8 square kilometres and has a population of 55,801.

Originally, the Bayswater Road District was created in 1897 and, in 1961, it became a shire before attaining City status in 1983. The City of Bayswater is divided into four wards and represented by 11 councillors with the Mayor elected from among the councillors.

Recent developments in the City of Bayswater include the opening of the Galleria shopping centre in 1994, on the site of the old Boans building that burnt down in 1986. Morley is now the largest commercial district outside of Perth and Fremantle and further growth is expected.
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