Sheoaks to return to Port Fairy's James Street

Published on 29 November 2017

Street Trees

Moyne Shire Council voted on Tuesday to plant drooping sheoaks in James Street to replace the cypress trees which are currently being removed.

The sheoaks were the preferred species according to an online survey conducted by the shire, edging out the Norfolk Island pine.

Of the 164 votes entered, sheoaks were chosen by 59 people – just ahead of the pine on 54.

The online survey also showed overwhelming support for trees to be planted on both sides of James Street between Campbell Street and Ocean Drive.

Drooping sheoaks have an historical link to the area. Old photos show them lining both sides of James Street approximately 80 years ago, prior to the planting of the outgoing cypresses.

While the current cypress trees were popular with locals and tourists alike, they have to be removed after two arborists’ reports indicated the trees were a danger to the public due to the trees’ age and health.

The tree removal process will continue over the next couple of weeks, with the new drooping sheoaks to be planted on both sides of James Street in autumn.