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    Default red cedar trees in Sydney. location

    Some people go train spotting, some spot at the beach; I've been keeping a watch out and have spotted the following decent sized red cedar trees:
    • Chatswood church yard behind library
    • Royal N shore hospital grounds. 3 x large (I think they are still there)
    • Vaucluse house. 2 old, 1 almost dead
    • Newtown TAFE grounds. nice tree
    • San Souci, 3 x street trees
    • St Ives. 1 x tree in street parallel to Mona Vale road, opposite park with skate boards
    • Stret tree mutilated by electricity linesmen in North Rocks Road
    • Tree in grounds of old Parramatta Hospital north of Parramatta Park
    • Botanical Gardens. 1 x v large near the Kauri Pines, 1 on the left as you come off the Cahill Expreesway, many small.
    Any other spotters out there?

    There are other small garden trees around, young plants can be purchased from the State Forestry nursery near Castle Hill.

    Red Cedars are a fast growing species, can grow to around 1 metre diameter in 100 years in good soil. Stands around NSW can be logged each 50 years or so to give good sized logs.

    ......Then of course there's the drive to wollongong, with dozens of trees growing wild as you drive down the escarpment on both the Princes Hwy and Bulli Pass.
    Best timber comes from slow growing trees in hard conditions. Wooly trees are young or fast growing, which can be a problem with some Queensland red cedar, although Atherton grows some beautiful cedar in the colder areas. The N Qld forestry has been successful growing cedar, and auctions logs regularly.
    Mal at Boutique Timbers has around 50 cube of logs, boards and slabs and next week will travel to Gloucester NSW to get another 6 trees.
    They are common in the hinterland of NSW, and grow almost as a weed species in the low biodiversity rain forests of the NSW south coast around Kiama
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    There used to be a really big Red Cedar tree in an inland camping ground at Fraser Island (the name of the camping ground escapes me at this distance). One day, everyone suddenly realised that it was no longer there!

    No wood chips, no nothing. The thieves had done such a good job that the absence was not noticed. Though people knew something was different, it took a few weeks for the penny to drop.

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    What are the rules in taking a dead cedar tree from goverment land? (Electicity Sub Station Land). It is about 3ft diameter and from what I can see about 30ft high.
    It is just the main trunk. It has been in this condition for at least 30 years

    The last cedar tree I acquired was about 15 years ago

    Don Scott

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    off topic but.

    I work in chatswong and near the railway station interchange on the highway side of the line there is 2 blue 8 story or so office blocks, between them is the outdoor food court. got me so far ?

    anyway on the north side of the northern blue building ther is a road with an underpass . you cant miss it - on the other side of the road is the new toaster for the asians who like shoebox communal living.

    anyway - right near that intercection in the South eastern corner the other day they CUT DOWN THE BIGGEST MOST MAGNIFICENT SHE-OAK I HAVE EVER SEEN. Bastards - I hope they didnt chip the poor thing it was at least a mt in diameter at the base (you can still see the stump in the ground) and it was probably 20 or so metres tall.

    Rip Casurina. what a waste - we need more shoeboxes in chatswood. farking mirvac.
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    Dont laugh my mate did the fit out for a brothel in that building, and you should of herd the argument about the timber floor with the body corp CEO, if he had of know what we were really doing he would have died...

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    Default More trees

    Chatswood reminded me, at the water board site Mowbray Rd. Pacific Hwy, there lives a further 2 red cedar trees, rather small.
    The biggest I have seen are in Qld. Binna Burra in the Gold Coast hinterland has some beautiful red cedar trees, one is 39 foot circumference, and on the walks there are many more to spot. The large Atherton Cedar tree is signposted and is worth a drive.
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    Default Dead trees.

    Regarding dead tree in Wollongong, I would talk to the local electriclty guys, it must be a safety hazard, and needs to come down..... a carton of beer may do the trick.
    Otherwise, it is owned by electricty company; you could offer to purchase it, I'd however talk it over with the local area supervisor, 1 metre thick could be worth around 2-3000, but it would be sun cracked I guess by now. You may still get some nice boards however, white ants aren't a problem, but water can damage.
    Greg

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    Me 'n' my chainsaw
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    Thanks Greg and AlexS I will approach the above mentioned parties and try and get the chainsaw cranked up

    Don Scott

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexS
    Me 'n' my chainsaw
    Gonna have a picnic....
    I'm sure you didn't really mean it.
    There is a pretty good reason why trees like this are scarce,and the reason is,too many people rushed in with their chainsaws and cut'em down.
    When nature decides they should fall,then you can get the chainsaw out,until then,let them season.
    There's a good reason why we have to pay high prices for the the timber that we value and it's scarcity.One tree may not appear to be significant.Every tree counts.
    There's a boat inside me trying to get out.
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    Default cedars

    with dozens of trees growing wild as you drive down the escarpment on both the Princes Hwy and Bulli Pass.
    I remember those trees...I used to live down Stanwell Tops way and travelled up and down the escarpment for years, I think I remember some on the drive up to Camberwarra Mtn too. If you find a good lookout/vantage point from high up you can easily pick out the cedars from their colour/form....a beautiful sight Now I have a baby about 5m high just outside my window
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevebaby
    I'm sure you didn't really mean it.
    There is a pretty good reason why trees like this are scarce,and the reason is,too many people rushed in with their chainsaws and cut'em down.
    When nature decides they should fall,then you can get the chainsaw out,until then,let them season.
    There's a good reason why we have to pay high prices for the the timber that we value and it's scarcity.One tree may not appear to be significant.Every tree counts.
    Nah, didn't mean it Steve. Actually, The song was originally an ironic reference to people who couldn't see a tree without cutting it down.
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    Default tree offers

    Red Cedar tree offers are not uncommon, the drought wasn't kind, many died and storms over trhe past 2-3 years have blown trees over which are then processed, but there are also many trees available for sale. When we view trees, the rule of thumb is if you can put your arms around a tree and touch fingers, it's too small. leave it another 50 years.
    Trees are a renewable resource, red cedar is not uncommon, don't worry about a potential extinction. It is not a problem. I don't think many people know their appearance. A cedar can grow to 1 metre diametre in one hundred years, so a stand can be recut each 50 years or so. They propogate well from seed.
    More spotting....Check out Kempsey's street trees on the Pacific Highway going north.

    If left too long in the ground in dry areas, they tend towards getting punk and rot in their centre and are problematic to process for timber.
    Some do die and are perfectly solid, but best to cut down when they are of commerciall size.
    Greg

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    Default Tree spotters in Sydney

    I just found this older thread when I went looking for information about where any Kauri trees can be found in Sydney.

    So I wonder if anyone can advise where good Kauri trees can be seen (besides the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney) I believe there are a couple in Rozelle Hospital grounds and just going to go looking for those now, but any other ideas?

    Greg F

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