Our first reserve gets a face lift

Published 12 May 2015 
about  Liffey River  
Marcus manouvering large seat into reserve.<br/> Marcus manouvering large seat into reserve.
One of the new seats on reserve, reflecting the conection to the river, mountians and Oura Oura.<br/> One of the new seats on reserve, reflecting the conection to the river, mountians and Oura Oura.
The way it was prior to 1950.<br/> The way it was prior to 1950.
Confirming rot to the roots, only a matter of time before both came completely down.<br/> Confirming rot to the roots, only a matter of time before both came completely down.
The final stand.<br/> The final stand.
Evening burning of limbs.<br/> Evening burning of limbs.

Over summer, we installed some new sculptural seating at our Liffey River Reserve with the assistance of internationally awarded Tasmanian sculptur Marcus Tatton. Marcus utilised timber from the Macrocarpas at Ora Oura, to refurbish the interpretve trail.

Oura Oura prior to November had two large Macrocarpa trees behind the cottage and heritage walnut tree.

These trees were assessed in 2012 by an arborist and at that time pruned. Our hope was that these trees would be conserved as they had become part of the cultural fabric of Oura Oura.

The prunings were sccessful for two years, however following some lage winds and limbs breaking free (the size of a massive tree), the trees were reassessed by an arborist and at this time determined to be both a public hazard and a threat to the cultural values of the site.

With the generous support of the Jordan family, neighbours, Marcus Tatton and volunteers, the trees were professionally removed and millable timber stacked for future projects.

Following the felling of the Macrocarpas, it was confirmed that both trees were rotten to their roots and it was (as it is with macrocarpas) only a matter of time before they came down.

The removal of these trees now celebrates the tall white gums and bluff behind.

Marcus manouvering large seat into reserve.<br/> Marcus manouvering large seat into reserve.
One of the new seats on reserve, reflecting the conection to the river, mountians and Oura Oura.<br/> One of the new seats on reserve, reflecting the conection to the river, mountians and Oura Oura.
The way it was prior to 1950.<br/> The way it was prior to 1950.
Confirming rot to the roots, only a matter of time before both came completely down.<br/> Confirming rot to the roots, only a matter of time before both came completely down.
The final stand.<br/> The final stand.
Evening burning of limbs.<br/> Evening burning of limbs.