Council Parks and Natural Reserves manager Simon Harrison said the trees need to be removed because they are unsafe due to internal decay which has resulted from pruning works undertaken over many years.“Over the years the sugar gums have been heavily pruned to maintain clearance from the overhead power lines and this has resulted in structural deficiencies in the growth of their trees limbs," he said.
“The trees are now dropping limbs and this is a great cause of concern because it poses a safety risk to the community."
Mr Harrison said the trees will be replaced with a suitable species of tree that will not grow into the overhead power lines and will not require excessive levels of pruning.
“When we remove the trees we plan to retain sections of the tree limbs and relocate them one of Greater Bendigo’s natural reserves such as Crusoe Reservoir and No 7 Park where they will continue to play a valuable role as a natural habitat for local wildlife," he said.
“Because the trees are largely hollow they will be ideal for this purpose."