WEL of­fers tree trim­ming

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WEL Net­work has ad­vised North Waikato res­i­dents to use the com­pany’s ar­borist team in aid of avoid­ing un­planned power out­ages.

The com­pany said untrimmed trees near power lines ac­count for a fifth of un­planned power out­ages in Waikato com­mu­ni­ties.

WEL ser­vices gen­eral man­ager David van Deven­ter said the ‘‘ex­tremely in­con­ve­nient’’ out­ages could be avoided.

‘‘The re­cent wild weather may have high­lighted un­ruly trees on your prop­erty so the calm be­fore the next pos­si­ble storm is a good time to trim trees around power lines’’.

But van Deven­ter said it was a job best left to ex­perts.’’Please don’t take the risk. We have a team of qual­i­fied ar­borists who pro­vide veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment ser­vices to the com­mu­nity.

‘‘We also rou­tinely mon­i­tor trees around our net­work to iden­tify any that may have an im­pact on over­head power lines.’’

He said WEL Net­works will also take a proac­tive ap­proach if a tree posed a par­tic­u­lar threat to com­mu­nity safety.

And work would only start with the prop­erty owner’s con­sent and with a highly-trained ar­borist team who carry WEL iden­ti­fi­ca­tion with them. Any trees ob­trud­ing on WEL Net­work power lines may be en­ti­tled to one free fell or trim.

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