Newcastle's Swan Street figs fall as council cuts losses

THE figs began to fall on Wednesday, as the city council followed through on its plan to start work cutting down 11 of the iconic trees in Swan Street.

As revealed by the Newcastle Herald, the council began removing the trees after its insurer threatened to withdraw coverage for the street in the wake of a climbing tally of liability claims made from residents. 

There have been 110 claims related to damage from figs on the street made between 2000 and 2017, including one still outstanding from the 2015 April storm when a branch fell through a home. 

The council says it will “overhaul” the street by replacing water mains and footpaths that have been damaged by the tree roots, as well as planting replacement trees to recreate Swan Street’s “famed tree canopy”. 

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