Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-05-21 19:05 Bengaluru: Heavy rains in the last few days in the city has hit Cubbon Park hard, with the park losing many old trees, including a 50-year-old Ficus tree recently. Located in the heart of the city, Cubbon Park is spread over 190 acres and houses more than 1000 trees, many of which are nearly 50 years old. Taking note of the uprooting of trees, the Horticulture Department is looking at pruning such vulnerable trees to prevent them from uprooting. Mahantesh Murgod, Deputy Director (DD), Cubbon Park said, “Each time it rains heavily, at-least one huge tree uproots. Whenever such trees uproot, they damage the small trees. Hence the department is planning to prune such trees.”Earlier, the uprooted trees were used for art-work by the park authorities. Artisans were hired to display their work and were honored by the park authorities. The huge ficus tree which was uprooted few days ago, and which damaged two other trees will used for art-work again. The Deputy Director has also sent a proposal to Horticulture Secretary Rajeev Chawla seeking his approval to consult experts on the matter. “We will soon invite environmental experts and take suggestions from them on tree pruning,” said Murgod.Agreeing with Murgod, Dr Yellappa Reddy, State Park Committee, Chairperson, said identifying such vulnerable trees would help in saving green cover. “Two years ago, we were able to protect such old trees in Lalbagh and Cubbon park from uprooting. Experts identified dead branches, damaged roots and these were cut to help the tree gain balance and survive for long. There is a need to repeat that exercise,” he said.