Works to reduce the risk of hazardous trees at Avondale Gardens, near Shelley, are expected to be undertaken this month.

This is the second phase of the project, works began at the gardens last year following an assessment from a qualified arborist and an on-site meeting with community members.

The gardens will be closed to all visitors from Monday, May 21 for three weeks while the works are completed.

“Avondale Gardens is a popular site for day visitors and campers, and the works are required to reduce the risk to the public from hazardous trees,” Forest Fire Management Victoria’s District Manager – Upper Murray, Aaron Kennedy, said.

“The removal of dangerous trees will continue, with a focus on the extremity of the Gardens alongside access tracks and camping and day visitor areas.  

“An on-site community meeting will be held at Avondale Gardens to discuss the treatment of hazardous trees with the qualified arborist who will be undertaking these works.

“The meeting will take place at midday on Friday, May 11 at the gardens.

“Last year we met the ‘Friends of Avondale Gardens’ onsite for a walk through and will continue to work with them to ensure this historic site is maintained.

“Further tree hazard works may be required in the future to reduce the risk to visitors.

Avondale Gardens is situated on the old ‘Avondale’ homestead site, which was established by Peg and Derek Bird during the 1940s.

Apart from some remnant walls, there is little of the homestead that remains. Historic plantings include exotic trees and shrubs among native species.

While the area is Crown land managed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), the local community has played a major role in caring for the site.

For further information, please phone the DELWP Tallangatta office on (02) 6071 5300 or the Customer Contact Centre on 136 186.