Mundulla pepper trees causing too much 'leaf litter'

MAKING A MESS: Pepper Trees on Mundulla's Hinge Street are creating plenty of "leaf litter" and may need to be trimmed back.
MAKING A MESS: Pepper Trees on Mundulla's Hinge Street are creating plenty of "leaf litter" and may need to be trimmed back.

Mundulla residents have brought to attention the leaf build-up along Hinge Street near Mundulla Primary School.

At a recent Mundulla on the Move meeting, it was discussed that the town's iconic pepper trees were the cause of most of the plant matter around the school area.

It was suggested at the meeting that trimming the trees back would "greatly reduce" the plant matter build-up and tidy up the area.

The pepper trees, which are located in the school yard, now come out over the footpath and to the edge of the road, further suggesting they need to be trimmed back to reduce overhang.

There was considerable conversation about the topic, with a number of people presenting potential ideas on how to deal with the situation.

Tatiara District Council Mayor Graham Excell said the council would be prepared to cut back the trees to reduce the overhang, but he had his concerns.

Mayor Excell mentioned if the pepper trees were to be trimmed they would become "lopsided", reducing their visual appeal. He also raised the question on whether the trees were heritage listed.

It was also thought "inappropriate" to make any decision before consulting with the Mundulla Primary School.

Attendees agreed on a decision to send a letter to the chair of the school governing council, advising him of the concerns raised by Mundulla on the Move.

The letter would also contain the request being made by Tatiara District Council to trim the troublesome trees on Hinge Street.

The final suggestion made in the letter was the school governing council and Tatiara District Council might like to work together at the same time to trim inside the school area and make use of the wood chipper to deal with off cuts.