Council Street residents gathered on Tuesday to farewell the “iconic” and “historic” trees, before work begins to fell them on Wednesday – almost six years to the day that Laman Street fig trees were brought down amid furtive protests from residents.
Phil McKnight told the Newcastle Herald that council had consulted with the residents over major upgrades to Council Street for about two years.
But he said the trees were part of a broader concern about planned changes to the street, which intersects Darby Street – one of the city’s busiest shopping and dining precincts.
Mr McKnight, who was involved in the fight to save the Laman Street figs six years ago, said residents understood work needed to take place.
This collection of photos from the Fairfax Media archive show the removal of historic trees on Laman and King streets.