Things to do
Ian Seccafien has grown his career as an active and passionate Arborist, currently working with the City of Marion to oversee the management and increase of our urban forest, which has lead the establishment of the Regulated Tree Maintenance Fund. We sat in the cool shade with Ian to talk trees and chat climate during his favourite time of the year – Spring.
Ian: Hi! See, that’s such a hard question, I get to work with beautiful trees every single day with the City of Marion, but if I had to choose a favourite, it’d be the English Oak, Quercus robur which is the tree that got me interested in Arboriculture as a kid, I read The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton and wanted my own oak tree to have adventures in.
Ian: We’re pretty lucky to be living in this amazing sunny slice of Adelaide. With the City of Marion usually getting a bit of a breeze from the coast, it makes for perfect weekends to tend to our gardens. Now is the perfect time to get out in the garden, I would focus on
Ian: We have a huge array of resources available for our residents, many of which would be great to add onto your list to make the most of especially when the holiday break hits.
Ian: A key action of our Tree Management Framework was to come up with ways we could influence the retention of big trees on private property. Taking an idea that Burnside Council had developed and recognising that our council has so many Regulated/Significant trees located on private property, I thought it would be a great way we can assist residents to look after these trees.
We certainly understand the challenges residents face to look after these magnificent trees and maintaining them does not come cheap. These trees offer a range of benefits to the community, support a diverse range of wildlife, provide a connection to our history and contribute to the character of our neighbourhoods.
The grants program recognises that there is much community interest in preserving these trees and therefore, provides financial assistance to enable this. The fund covers the following
You can read more about the guidelines and apply for the grant on the funds webpage.