Monday, 4 December 2006

Fig tree, Green Bans Park, Erskineville

Green Bans occurred in the early 1970s were when building unions refused to demolish old buildings with heritage value, notably in The Rocks area.

This park in inner suburb Erskineville came about in because local residents and the Council and the construction union combined between 1992 and 1996 to prevent the land being sold by the state government for development. It's a lovely oasis of green in a heavily congested and built-up area.

In the back ground is the building featured yesterday.

More about Green bans here.


  1. Hi Sally,
    Nice to have a 'green bans' park. But your link to the green bans doesn't seem right. Can you check?

  2. Absolutely beautiful tree! I love, love, love seeing green!

  3. Great looking tree! Green is a pleasant sight now!!

  4. cet arbre est superbe, on pourrait presque le croire sorti d'une jungle.
    belle photo, j'adore.

    this tree is superb, one could almost believe it left a jungle. beautiful photograph, I adore.

  5. Sorry to be 20 months late in commenting, but I can't resist :-)

    It's indeed a fig, but not one of the Moreton Bay or Port Jackson figs (Ficus macrophylla and F. rubiginosa) that you see so often in Sydney's parks.

    It's an India-rubber tree (F. elastica) which must have started out life as someone's house plant back in the 1950s or 60s which got planted out when it got too gangly for the living room.

    People often did that in those days, but this is the only rubber tree I know of that has been allowed to survive and grow to something approaching its full size. It is certainly a magnificent tree, but take warning -- don't feel sorry for your old rubber tree and put it out in the garden!

  6. Better late than never, bear - great to have some local knowledge added!