SAVE THE TREES: Lions Club Warwick treasurer Jeff Ferguson and club member Cec Watts are trying to preserve newly-planted trees from being picked apart by birds.
SAVE THE TREES: Lions Club Warwick treasurer Jeff Ferguson and club member Cec Watts are trying to preserve newly-planted trees from being picked apart by birds. Nicole Zurcas

Trees along the Condamine River are under new threats

WITHSTANDING floods and droughts the trees along the Condamine River are facing a new threat.

Thirty years ago members of the Warwick Lions Club planted the trees through queens park with plaques in memory of passed loved ones.

In attempt to restore the plaques which were damaged during floods, the local group received a grant from council to replace the lost trees and plaques.

The last six months club member Cec Watts has tried looking after the newly planted trees but a new foe has made it difficult for him.

"Every time I've come to the park, more trees are missing,” he said.

"The Corellas are decimating the trees.”

The club used part of its $6,500 grant money to buy around 100 tree seedlings, however only one remains undisturbed.

"The birds are eating everything, snipping the leaves right down to ground level,” Mr Watts said.

"They wont be able to grow this way.”

Members used plastic covers to protect the new trees which have proved an unworthy match for the birds.

"There's no control over the birds, people see swarms of them pecking through the plastic,” Mr Watts said.

Lion Club treasurer Jeff Ferguson said the club is looking at more long term solutions.

"We'd love to keep planting trees but it's just not sustainable at the moment,” he said.

"The club is exploring new options such as establishing a memorial sign or wall in the park.”

Mr Ferguson said the club was working around the idea of metal cages to protect the trees but the cost would be substantial.

Over the decades the population of the birds has grown and Mr Ferguson said it was impacting the larger trees, leaving them bare.



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