The bell tolls for the poplars

ICONIC poplars lining the western entry way to Myrtleford have seen their last autumn.

The landmark row of 44 trees will be cut down after the Easter holidays and replaced with maples.

Experts raised concerns over what they described as dead and dying trees, caught on the median strip on the Great Alpine Road between the Savoy Club and Standish Street, late last year.

An arborist had flagged some as a danger to motorists and pedestrians.

Initial plans were to fell the most dangerous and stage the remainder over a period of time.

Alpine Shire Council’s acting asset maintenance manager Rory Hazeldine said the poplars were unsuitable for the location and the trees had caused significant damage to surrounding infrastructure.

“We sought community feedback regarding the removal of the poplar trees in September and the majority of it was positive, with many business owners pleased something would be done to improve driver visibility,” he said.

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