An elm tree on Centennial Ave in Arrowtown which was sawn in
half and nailed back together, then died as a result, has
added to the spate of trees being pruned without Queenstown
Lakes District Council consent.
The 3m-high elm tree has since been removed.
In August, a letter "outlining the council's displeasure" was
delivered to residents in Wanaka after at least 10 trees were
pruned by residents.
Last week, the council advertised in council publications
that residents should "leave pruning to the experts and
respect our trees".
The council's parks manager, Gordon Bailey, said "there's
been a bit of a spate over the last while so we just thought
we would remind people".
He said the trees were mostly on street verges and if people
had a problem, their first action should be to alert the
"We do get lots of requests so we need to balance that out
with the budget we have. We can't guarantee something will
happen but we will certainly look at it and put it on the