Alleged tree poisoning at public gardens

The gum trees at the Oamaru Public Gardens. PHOTO: HAMISH MACLEAN
The gum trees at the Oamaru Public Gardens. PHOTO: HAMISH MACLEAN
An apparent arboricide application at Oamaru's 1876 public gardens may have failed to fell several mature gum trees at "Milligans Corner", the Waitaki District Council says.

Council recreation manager Erik van der Spek said yesterday a council arborist discovered the alleged intentional poisoning of the "very large" gum trees at the Cross St corner of the Oamaru Public Gardens a week ago while conducting a tree-risk assessment.

Three trees showed signs of dieback and had holes drilled into their trunks (inset).

It was likely the poisoning occurred some time in the last month.

The arborist had advised the trees could recover.

Asked about a possible motive, or if the council had received any complaints about the trees, Mr van der Spek said, "I wouldn't want to speculate."

One of the holes drilled into the tree's trunk. PHOTO: HAMISH MACLEAN
One of the holes drilled into the tree's trunk. PHOTO: HAMISH MACLEAN

The council would treat any information provided by the public on the alleged poisoning confidentially.

Comments

Unfortunately depending on the chemical placed in the drill holes it will take up to 12 months to show symptoms and 2 years to die.

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