Ta­makae Re­serve wharf project about to start

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ma­chin­ery and dig­ging up the area near the wharf, so Auck­land Coun­cil is propos­ing to re­move a weep­ing wil­low tree lo­cated nearby.

‘‘Its lo­ca­tion makes it lo­gis­ti­cally re­ally hard to work on the area and even try­ing to work around it would po­ten­tially cause more dam­age to the tree, es­pe­cially with its ex­pan­sive root struc­ture. The best course of ac­tion is to re­move it,’’ said the coun­cil’s parks and places Spe­cial­ist, Greg Lowe.

‘‘We’ve also had it in­spected by an ar­borist, who found that it had a ma­jor split in one of its limbs and is in­fested with Black Wil­low aphid – which has killed a num­ber of wil­lows across Auck­land in the past few years.’’

The tree has a heritage pro­tec­tion so the coun­cil will need to ap­ply for re­source con­sent for its re­moval, but first staff are keen to find out a bit more about its his­tory.

‘‘Other than its age we can find lit­tle in­for­ma­tion about it, and we would love to hear from the com­mu­nity if they have any his­tory or sto­ries about it,’’ said Lowe.

Once the re­newal project is com­plete, it is pro­posed that a new tree, a po­hutukawa, would be planted fur­ther away from the wharf and shore’s edge.

Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion on the his­tory of the wil­low tree can email greg.lowe@auck­land­coun­cil.govt.nz by Wednesday, May 31.

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