Store sorry for stumps
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.
Two pohutukawa trees are now stumps outside Countdown.