Wind wreaks havoc among trees

2016-01-26 06:00
Branches lie sprawled across Kromboom Park after gale-force winds wreaked havoc across the Cape Peninsula last week.

Branches lie sprawled across Kromboom Park after gale-force winds wreaked havoc across the Cape Peninsula last week.

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Destructive gale-force winds have been lashing Cape Town the last few weeks and have had residents living near Kromboom Park especially worried.

The park’s eucalyptus trees which line the park now pose a serious safety threat after one of the overhanging branches got blown off by the vicious south-easter.

No-one was injured, but concerned resident Peter Cornelius says that it is an accident waiting to happen.

“A large branch of a tree situated close to the play area of Kromboom Park (bordering Kromboom Road and Jan Smuts Drive) broke off and fell due to the heavy wind. The tree is quite old and bulky. It is also situated right above the public toilet, which it narrowly missed.”

Cornelius believes there are other similarly sized trees in the park which “will follow the same fate”.

“It is the residents’ concern that when this happens again it might injure someone or cause a fatality. It is our hope that the City of Cape Town would fell the trees.”

He says the park does not have a fence around it.

Magedien Davids, councillor for the area, says it is up to the City of Cape Town’s parks department to fell overgrown trees. He has been in constant contact with them to maintain the area.

“The parks department will come and investigate what has to be done with the remaining trees – to cut it off or remove it.

“As a councillor for the area, I do not want to remove trees, but it is up to the department to find the way forward. But I will handle it from my side,” says Davids.

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