This was all that remained of a large willow tree on the
Wanaka lakefront yesterday after it was felled on Monday.
Photo by Lucy Ibbotson.
Another "iconic" willow tree on Wanaka's lakefront was
felled this week, after being deemed a risk to public safety.
The tree, located just west of the Log Cabin building on a
popular stretch of the foreshore, was cut down on Monday by
tree service company Asplundh.
Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) communications
manager Meaghan Miller said felling the dying tree was a
"very simple decision" based on safety.
"That's really the simple test that we apply. It's difficult
because they [Wanaka's lakefront willows] are iconic and
council recognises that and that's why we have a replanting
The Wanaka Community Board was briefed about the unhealthy
state of the tree last month and parks manager Gordon Bailey
was asked to check the willow was beyond saving.
A second inspection confirmed the tree was endangering
visitors to the foreshore.
Wanaka Community Board chairman and Queenstown Lakes deputy
mayor Lyal Cocks said while some people considered the
lakefront willows an integral part of Wanaka's landscape
worth preserving, those views had to be balanced with public
"It could have caused a problem during the busy summer
"Trees have a finite life and in the next planting round
we'll plant replacement trees."
Other people complained about there being too many trees
blocking the view of Lake Wanaka from the town centre and a
planned foreshore management plan review would carefully
consider the appropriate placement of any new trees, Mr Cocks