While in New Zealand, German tourist Paul Zeller had his car
crushed by a 120-year-old Lombardy poplar and now
arrangements have been made for him to plant native trees,
some of which could live for 1000 years.
The appearance of Lake Esplanade could soon be very
different, as an arborist's report recommends four
''high-risk'' Lombardy poplar trees growing in St Omer Park
be removed and the remaining 17 removed in stages.