The mighty Diamond Tree is about to be closed to the public

@JudyEv (164413)
Bunbury, Australia
July 11, 2019 5:50am CST
I’ve written about Western Australia’s Diamond Tree before. It is one of several tall karris which have a lookout built near the top. These were used for many years to spot bushfires. Now, after more than 75 years, the tree has been closed to the public indefinitely because of safety concerns. Between 1937 and 1952, eight trees were chosen to house lookouts. However, with the introduction of spotter planes, the lookouts were no longer required. In 1995, the Diamond Tree was opened to the public and hundreds of tourists and locals have since climbed the 49 metres to the top. The tree is 250 years old and was pegged as suitable for a lookout in 1940. The cabin was added soon after. Some 130 steel pegs provide access to the cabin but now the lower 8 to 10 metres of pegs will be removed to prevent people from attempting the climb. Arborists say the tree is unsafe because a fungus has made the heartwood soft. The public will still be able to scale the Gloucester and Bicentennial trees which involve climbs of 53 or 60 metre climbs respectively. The photo shows a couch-surfer friend climbing the tree although he didn’t go to the top.
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@velvet53 (19689)
• Palisade, Colorado
12 Jul
What a beauty. It is sad that they shut it down but they are looking out for the safety of others. I hope they won't have to cut it down due to the fungus.
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@JudyEv (164413)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jul
You'd think it would have been closed long ago given the steel pegs and virtually nothing to stop you falling.
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@velvet53 (19689)
• Palisade, Colorado
12 Jul
@JudyEv I agree. Many peoples lives were at stake. I would love to be able to see this tree.
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@BelleStarr (46322)
• United States
11 Jul
That is a magnificent tree, I hope the pegs didn't hurt the tree for the future.
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@JudyEv (164413)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jul
The pegs have been there a very long time. I don't think they've been detrimental to the tree but I wouldn't really know.
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@acelawrites (16619)
• Philippines
11 Jul
It is a nice experience to had climbed it; good there's iron "stairs" so one can easily climb.
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@JudyEv (164413)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jul
It would be easy to fall though from those pegs. There isn't a good rail to hang on to.
@simone10 (30841)
• United States
11 Jul
There is no way I would climb that tree! I am so afraid of heights.
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@JudyEv (164413)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jul
I might have tried once but not now.
@snowy22315 (70592)
• United States
11 Jul
That would be fun, probably the nanny state in the US wouldn't allow people to do that.
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@JudyEv (164413)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jul
I'm very surprised it hasn't been shut down long before now.
• Preston, England
12 Jul
impressive that such trees can be climbed - not sure if I'd try it now though at 57
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@JudyEv (164413)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jul
I might have once but the pegs are a bit far apart if you're a bit short.
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• Preston, England
12 Jul
@JudyEv I'd probably get stuck half way. Looks like coming down would be harder than climbing (though coming down the quick unsafe way would be quicker of course).
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@JudyEv (164413)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jul
@arthurchappell You could always 'free fall'
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• United States
11 Jul
i fear i'd be'n the side 'f the tree. glad they're takin' such off the touristy thing. makes ya wonder if'n all those spikes 'n folks climbin' o'er the years'd be a partial cause to the fungus?
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@JudyEv (164413)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jul
I suppose it's possible though that hasn't been suggested. The fungus hasn't affected the other 'fire trees'.
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• United States
12 Jul
@JudyEv 're the other 'fire trees' bein' utilized such's this'un? with loads 'f tourists climbin' all o'er? 'twas jest a thought, i know not much 'f anythin' bout the species 'f trees'n yer neck 'f the woods, lol.
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@JudyEv (164413)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jul
@crazyhorseladycx Tourists can climb the others. I don't know how many do. You'd need to be very fit to even think about it.
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@LadyDuck (230621)
• Switzerland
11 Jul
Even if it was safe I would have never climbed. I hope that no one will attempt to climb anyway.
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@JudyEv (164413)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jul
Many have climbed it over the years but I don't know how many have fallen off those pegs. It doesn't look too safe to me.
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@LadyDuck (230621)
• Switzerland
12 Jul
@JudyEv Those pegs do not look safe at all, imagine if they are wet.
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@JudyEv (164413)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jul
@LadyDuck I agree. They don't look safe.
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@rebelann (51013)
• El Paso, Texas
13 Jul
Poor old tree, I hope they can kill that fungus
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@JudyEv (164413)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jul
I don't think it is in danger of dying but they don't want the public climbing it any longer.
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@rebelann (51013)
• El Paso, Texas
14 Jul
The wilderness needs protection from humanity @JudyEv
@allknowing (84386)
• India
12 Jul
Great tree indeed. Here in India there is a device to climb trees.
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@JudyEv (164413)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jul
The fun is in doing it the hard way I guess.
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@allknowing (84386)
• India
12 Jul
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@just4him (162427)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Jul
It's too bad it's been deemed unsafe. It looks like a great tree.
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@JudyEv (164413)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jul
There are two other trees they can climb if they want to.
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@just4him (162427)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Jul
@JudyEv That's good there are others for climbing.
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@amadeo (97706)
• United States
11 Jul
I am sure they are going to have a challnege on this.
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@JudyEv (164413)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jul
It would be a challenge to climb it, that's for sure.
@amadeo (97706)
• United States
12 Jul
@JudyEv very challenging there.Good morning or afternoon there
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@DocAndersen (5762)
11 Jul
In the US they built the watchtowers out of metal. We used to climb the ones in the state part near us in Indiana. This looks like a lot more fuN!!!!!
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@JudyEv (164413)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jul
It looks a pretty precarious climb. It must have been a challenge erecting the cabin at the top.
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12 Jul
@JudyEv i think that is why they went to towers in the US.
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@andriaperry (83616)
• Anniston, Alabama
12 Jul
I bet it was fun climbing!
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@JudyEv (164413)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jul
The young lad enjoyed it. I didn't try. I might have years ago but the steps are quite far apart. It's quite nice to be too old for some things.
@debjani1 (6567)
12 Jul
I am sure I will get failure to climbed it as the height is too long. I will definitely fall down or get faint.
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@JudyEv (164413)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jul
It's a long way to climb. It would be too high for me.
@DaddyEvil (27485)
• Aurora, Missouri
12 Jul
Hmmm... I wonder if pegging it caused the fungus a place to begin growing?
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@JudyEv (164413)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jul
I don't know but the other lookout trees haven't been affected.
@DWDavis (17745)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
12 Jul
An end to an era. I cannot imagine climbing those stakes to reach the top.
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@JudyEv (164413)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jul
I'm surprised they didn't ban climbing it long ago. It sways a lot at the top particularly on a windy day.
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@Tampa_girl7 (31261)
• United States
12 Jul
I love trees. It's very sad that that the fungus is damaging it.
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@JudyEv (164413)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jul
Hopefully it will live a lot longer yet.
@Susan2015 (24997)
• United States
12 Jul
That is way too high up.
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@JudyEv (164413)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jul
And the pegs are quite a distance apart too.
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@Corbin5 (149470)
• United States
11 Jul
That is quite a climb!! Being a lookout back in the day definitely was an important job to have.
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@JudyEv (164413)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jul
From up there, they had a good view over the surrounding forests and farmland.
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