Tamakae Reserve wharf project about to start
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 email@example.com by Wednesday, May 31.