A 135-year-old rain tree (pokok hujan-hujan) at Taiping Lake Gardens fell during a recent storm incident.
Based on the report of certified arborist Nik Ikmal Fathi, the main cause for the fall was the imbalanced tree structure which was slanted.
The Taiping Municipal Council (MPT) in a statement informed that the situation was further worsened by the storm.
According to the statement, the area surrounding the tree has been closed with barricade tape for public safety.
“Members of the public are advised not to do anything in the area which will cause permanent damage to the fallen tree,”
“MPT will ensure that this tree will be restored immediately and in the best way possible,” the statement mentioned.
Following the incident, tree restoration works have been carried out including re-erecting it.
Part of the tree branches will be pruned while part of the roots and soil will be treated.
The statement added that monitoring and maintenance will be carried out for a period of 12 months until it is restored.
“As a measure to reduce risk, other trees with similar situations will also be monitored.
“This includes providing support and root treatment.
On October 1 last year, one of the rain trees was declared officially “dead” due to weak structural and anchor roots.
The tree, located near the jetty of Taiping Lake Gardens had previously collapsed on January 20, 2018 due to heavy rain.