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.