Published on 20 January 2023
Residents and visitors to Amphitheatre are advised that planned works to reduce the size of the large peppercorn tree in Bakery Park will begin on Monday 23 January.
In 2022 Council sought advice from an arborist on the health of the tree after being approached by a member of the local community about a large crack in its trunk.
The arborist’s report showed that the tree is in danger of failing and poses a risk to community safety.
Following community consultation, Council decided in September 2022 to work to save and preserve the peppercorn tree rather than have it removed.
As well as being the centerpiece of Bakery Park, the tree has great historical significance to the area, having been planted in the 1870s by the Clark family who for many years ran the bakehouse that gave the park its name.
Safety fencing is already in place around the tree.
Council will continue to monitor the tree after the structural reduction prune is completed to limit the risk of the tree falling.