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Iconic Baka trees make room for Albert Park redevelopment

For more than 130 years, Albert Park has been the social and ceremonial hub of Suva, with its Baka trees holding historic and sentimental value for many. Tara Chetty, a bystander, said, “this fortnight they have cut down at least 3 beautiful historical old trees, including one on its way out today, leaving just one lonely […]

Peni Shute

February 2, 2016 12:59 pm

For more than 130 years, Albert Park has been the social and ceremonial hub of Suva, with its Baka trees holding historic and sentimental value for many.

 A saddening sight in Albert Park, Suva as contractors cut down some of the oldest trees in the park. PHOTO: Facebook.
Contractors at Albert Park cut down some of the oldest trees in the Suva. Photo: Tara Chetty / Facebook.

Tara Chetty, a bystander, said, “this fortnight they have cut down at least 3 beautiful historical old trees, including one on its way out today, leaving just one lonely Baka tree left.”

The only Baka tree left in Albert Park, after contractors cut down
The only Baka tree left at Albert Park today. Photo: Tara Chetty / Facebook.

Site workers told Newswire the Suva City Council had given approval for the works.  Albert Park is undergoing a $16.7m redevelopment, expected to finish by the mid of this year.

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