Old Lombardy poplars in the Lawrence Picnic Reserve can be
felled, the Clutha District Council says.
An arborist raised concerns about the health of the trees,
noting decay at the base of trunks, and the Lawrence-Tuapeka
Community Board concurred.
At the council's district assets committee meeting in
Balclutha on Thursday, chief executive Charles Hakkaart said
Lawrence was once ''famous'' for its poplars but the trees
should be removed, as they were infected with two types of
fungus and so were ''becoming a danger''.
Once the trees are felled, the area will be replanted with a
different species of tree.