A resident has raised concerns over a plan to remove 20 pine trees at Cecil Hoskins Reserve.
There are currently 40 pine trees that line the reserve.
The concerned resident said he had read the flyer pinned to the fence where it mentioned the removal of 20 pine trees.
"Surely most of these trees don't need to be cut down," he said.
"I don't think we realise how old these trees are.
"They provide shade and habitat."
A Wingecarribee Shire Council spokesperson said the council understood that the trees created an important feature on the horizon and were an important aspect of the landscape.
They said only 20 of the 40 trees had been identified for removal.
"They are either dead, compromised or low value. The 20 remaining are in good health and will assist to maintain the tree line," they said.
"The concern is that many of the trees identified for removal (and some that will stay) have been planted quite close together and have suffered through irregular growth, shading and root competition.
"The whole row of trees has been assessed by an arborist. The arborist report is assessed by the council's development assessment officers before approving removal of the trees."
The council spokesperson said that part of the proposed scope of works was to plant a line of 20 cedars parallel to the row of pines.
"These cedars will be spaced more appropriately to allow for their mature growth size and to reduce root competition," they said.
"Ultimately the cedars will grow to an equivalent size to the pines and will maintain the skyline views as the pines naturally decline over the next 50 or so years.
"All these plans are consistent with the Masterplan for Bong Bong Common which seeks to protect and enhance the character of this important part of our area's current and past cultural heritage."
For more information and to stay updated on this project please visit the council's website at www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/projects
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