New chestnut trees pop up in Kensington

New chestnut trees pop up in Kensington

New trees have been planted along a street in Kensington as part of a City of Melbourne renewal program.

Three Japanese Chestnut Oak trees were planted in Parsons St last month after replacing two small existing trees, which the council said had barely grown in 13 years.

According to the council, the median renewal program aims to apply best practice soil preparation before tree planting “by rejuvenating urban soil that has been impacted by compaction, damaged soil structure and contamination”.

“New tree planting soil mix was used to replace the old soil and to provide an improved growing environment,” the council said. “We expect the replacement trees to now have a greater chance of establishing into healthy, mature specimens which will provide future shading and amenity benefits to the streetscape.”

Japanese Chestnut Oak trees are considered a hardy, medium to large deciduous tree with attractive glossy dark green foliage •

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