Store sorry for stumps

North Shore Times - - HEALTH - LAINE MOGER

Countdown is apolo­getic about dras­ti­cally trim­ming two pohutukawa trees in breach of its re­source con­sent out­side its Taka­puna store, cit­ing a ‘‘mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion’’.

The trees are marked on a land­scape plan that formed part of the con­sent and now they are mere stumps, in a North Shore Times’ ar­ti­cle (Novem­ber 2).

In a state­ment, Countdown gen­eral man­ager prop­erty Adrian Walker said the con­sent re­quired Countdown to make sure that the land­scap­ing and car parks around the Bar­rys Point Rd store are reg­u­larly main­tained for safety, as well as visual ap­peal.

‘‘We en­gaged a spe­cial­ist to prune the trees, as it’s im­por­tant these don’t re­strict pedes­trian or driv­ers’ views when cars are en­ter­ing or leav­ing the car park,’’ Walker said.

‘‘Un­for­tu­nately, there was a mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion about the amount of prun­ing re­quired and we didn’t ap­pre­ci­ate that the trees would be pruned to the ex­tent they have been.

‘‘This was a gen­uine mis­take and we’ve sub­se­quently re­ceived ad­vice that the trees are alive and well, and are start­ing to re-sprout.’’

Auck­land Coun­cil is in­ves­ti­gat­ing sev­eral in­ci­dents re­gard­ing pohutukawa fellings in the North Shore.

Mean­while, ci­ti­zen vig­i­lance is para­mount.

If you sus­pect any­one is dam­ag­ing pro­tected trees, call Auck­land Coun­cil on 09 301 0101.

JODI YEATS

Two pohutukawa trees are now stumps out­side Countdown.

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