Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Planes pollarded

The London Plane trees along Williamstown Road have been pollarded, a form of pruning that regenerates growth to establish a canopy.
The high voltage transmission lines along Williamstown Road are low. Safe clearances are required by Energy Safe Victoria to be maintained for the safety of the tree pruning crews.
Since the transmission lines provide industries throughout Port Melboure with power, the power companies are reluctant to shut the lines down while pruning is undertaken.
In the background, the 'quartets' built in 1940 - nine blocks of four units each, built to respond to the acute shortage of decent housing at that time.

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