Tree-felling continues

Queenstown Lakes District Council contractors removed two dead trees and carried out routine pruning in the Queenstown Gardens last week.

Contractors have taken away 172 trees from the Wakatipu basin in the past 12 months at a cost of $54,769, including hazardous removals, dead juveniles, fallen trees and storm-damaged trees, which were either planted by the council, wild grown or inherited through development.

The greatest number of trees removed was 58 in December last year, followed by 43 in February.

The latter month included the removal of four Lombardy poplars from St Omer Park after a single tree fell in high winds, damaged property and cut road access to Fernhill, Sunshine Bay and Glenorchy in mid January.

• Everyone interested in farm forestry is welcome to attend a free day-long workshop ''Trees on Wakatipu's small farms and lifestyle blocks: New opportunities'' on April 24, the Queenstown Lakes District Council announced on Friday. The workshop is one of a national series aimed at encouraging landowners to think again about the potential for trees on their property. Register attendance by emailing: briana.pringle@qldc.govt.nz.