Tree inventory for Waihemo

Two prominent Palmerston trees threatened with the chainsaw earlier this year remain standing, but the future of one remains unclear.

In January, it was revealed a large Wellingtonia in the grounds of St Mary's Anglican Church was to be cut down because it was considered by some to be a safety risk.

Then, a couple of months later, the Palmerston Lions Club said it wanted to remove a large sequoia in the centre of town.

The club has now reversed that decision and placed it in the care of local forester Chris Cox, who said the tree was a good specimen but would need some pruning,There would be "no immediate action" to remove the St Mary's church tree, according to church warden Margaret McCaw, who would make no other comment.

This week, the Waihemo Community Board approved the setting up of a tree inventory for the ward. The inventory will identify assets and identities within the trees in the district.

Meetings with local groups will seek input into the tree inventories. Funding up to $3000 has been approved for the inventory from the Waihemo general improvements fund.

But the board would have no control over the removal of trees in private property in the Waihemo area.



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