Loss of historic fig tree, over 100-years-old, hits family
WITH an almighty thud, more than 100 years of history was lost when Cathy Ziebells's beloved moreton bay fig tree came crashing to the ground last Friday morning.
Cathy said the wind was pounding her house in Yeppoon at 3.30am on Friday morning when a huge thud echoed through her home alerting her that something was wrong outside.
"It was pitch black and pouring with rain when my husband Errol and I, with our daughter Katie, went outside to inspect the damage but we couldn't see a thing even with a torch," Cathy said.
"It was quite frightening knowing something was wrong but not being able to identify the problem so we sat up until sunrise imagining the worst and waiting to assess the damage," Cathy said.
When the sun had finally risen it became clear to the family that their ancient moreton bay fig had uprooted itself and was strewn across their backyard.
"The tree is lying right across the backyard and into the neighbour's yard and yet, miraculously, apart from the fence, there was no other damage," Cathy said.
"We were amazed, the tree missed our sheds and boat by inches almost as though it came down thoughtfully."
Cathy said it was going to take a crane to lift the huge root system from her yard and a lot of fill to fill in the gaping holes the tree had left in its wake.
"This tree holds so many wonderful memories for our family.
"It will take some adjusting to not having its shady canopy spreading across our backyard," Cathy said.
"My husband lived in his family home across the road as a boy and has vivid memories of the tree always being there.
"We purchased this block of land to build our family home back in 1984 because we loved the tree."
Cathy said apart from providing her family with a wonderful canopy of shade and a fabulous playground for her daughter as a child, it was also home to a huge variety of birds that made their nests in the huge branches.
"If it could have talked I am sure this tree could tell many tales of its past, certainly it has been a central highlight in birthday parties and celebrations over the years for us and it will be sadly missed," Cathy said.