Hornsby Council has approved the removal of a 20-metre high blackbutt tree at West Pennant Hills Public School.
Arborists recommended its removal due to trunk weakness from termites, a bark inclusion at the base of large twin trunks and upper branch faults.
Resistograph tests showed the amount of sound wood in the tree’s trunk.
‘‘Based on the evidence and strong urging from the school principal we consented to the removal for safety,’’ mayor Steve Russell said.
The removal application was submitted by the NSW Department of Education, who investigated every school in NSW following the death of an eight-year-old girl hit by a falling tree branch at Pitt Town Primary in February.
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