Octagon's plane trees pull through

Dunedin Octagon's plane trees are showing a "noted improvement" (pictured far right, yesterday) compared with what they looked like in January last year when it first emerged they were being attacked by an unknown fungal disease.

Test results were inconclusive and the Dunedin City Council began a $50,000 programme to rehabilitate the trees, which is ongoing.

Council community and recreation services manager Mick Reece said yesterday there had been a "noted improvement" in the trees in recent times.

"It is looking encouraging.

"They are looking better than they did this time last year."

However, younger trees at the intersection of George and London Sts which had also been receiving extra care, had not shown any signs of improvement.

While still alive, they looked dead so the council had decided it was the "end of the day" for the trees.

They would be removed and replaced with something better suited to the site, Mr Reece said.

Photo by Gerard O'Brien.

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