Contractors use a crane yesterday to begin the delicate
procedure of removing piece by piece a giant Wellingtonia
tree growing in the courtyard of a Pact residential care
facility for people with intellectual disabilities in the
Dunedin suburb of Wakari.
The city council recently granted Pact consent to remove the
100-year-old 38m-high protected tree, because it was messy
and branches had damaged the roof.
Asphlund area manager Alan Page said supervisor Nick Houghton
and a team of three other arborists expected it would take
four or five days to take the tree down, depending on the
The job was a particularly difficult one because of the
location of the tree, he said.
The residents of the home had moved out for the week, while
the tree came down.