Three sick trees have been removed from Warwick’s Leslie Park this week after being identified as dangerous and posing a risk to the community. Southern Downs Regional Council will remove one tree from the Fitzroy Street side of the park and another two near the corner of Guy and Albert Streets.

Councillor for Events, Sport, Parks and Recreation Yve Stocks said concern for public safety is Council’s first priority. “While we never like to see trees in our parks and community spaces damaged or removed, unfortunately these trees are dying and have become a risk to public health and safety,” Cr Stocks said. “After the dangerous trees have been removed Council will endeavour to replace them as soon as possible as part of its regular tree planting schedule for Leslie Park. Council is committed to maintaining the park as a beautiful area offering family friendly activities and as a part of Warwick’s rich heritage and history.”

The three trees were decaying due to previous termite activity, general decay and reaching the end of their life expectancy, which could potentially lead to dead branches falling and injuring visitors. Leslie Park is listed as a heritage area under the Queensland Heritage Act 1992, and SDRC has received approval from the Queensland Department of Environment and Science to remove the trees.