The three cherry plum trees that remain beside the
Caversham Bowling Club. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Outrage from the public forced contractors to stop
chopping down five cherry plum trees in Kew Reserve, in
Caversham, this week.
Two of the trees neighbouring the Caversham Bowling Club and
St Andrews Home and Hospital were cut down on Tuesday on the
orders of the Dunedin City Council. Three trees remain.
However, the three trees were due to come down within a
matter of days, council parks manager Lisa Wheeler said.
Asplundh contractors were in the process of removing the
second tree when comments from members of the public walking
through the park resulted in the workers putting down their
gear and walking off the job.
Miss Wheeler said the contractors had decided to stop and
contacted the DCC, which had contracted them to do the work.
The trees were being removed because of a decision 10 years
ago, she said.
The trees had been shading the bowling club and those
affected had contacted the council about having the trees
The job had been delayed because it was not at the top of the
priority list and there had been a turnover of staff during
The trees would be removed by the end of the week and several
natives, such as hebes, and agapanthus would be planted in